Tobacco is one of the greatest health threats the world has been facing. It kills more than 8 million people around the globe per year. Every year on 31st May, ‘World No Tobacco Day’ is observed around the world. The theme for this year was “protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use”.
To celebrate this day, CallosumBD organised a 6-day long online competition, ‘Exradico’, starting on 31st May 2020, which included article writing, drawing and digital art/illustration, for both medical and dental students. Exradico is a Latin verb which is synonymous to ‘obliterate’, ‘exterminate’, ‘root out’. This event aimed to eradicate the use of tobacco by making people aware of the harm they are inflicting upon themselves and upon their loved ones, keeping in mind the slogan for this year #TobaccoExposed.
Over 100 participants, from 30 medical colleges around Bangladesh took part in this online competition, held in Callosum bd’s official website, engaging over 2,500 people. 50% of the points were assigned based on claps, and the rest were given by the judge’s panel, out of 50. The clap system is a special feature on this website, which allowed people to vote for their favourite content. And it is through this, such a huge mass of people could be involved in order to raise awareness among the community.
Perhaps, the most attractive part of this competition was the judge’s panel, which included the most accomplished and prestigious personnel of the medical sector. The first member was
Prof Dr. Muna Shalima Jahan, one of the most elegant and resourceful professors of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sir Salimullah Medical college (SSMC). The second member, Prof Dr. Shikha Paul, is one of the most knowledgeable professors of Microbiology, currently teaching in Sir Salimullah Medical college (SSMC). The third, fourth and fifth members include, Dr. Durba Halder (Associate professor, Department of Medicine SSMC), Dr. Ireen Parveen Alam (Associate professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology SSMC), and the most friendly assistant professor of Anatomy (Sheikh Hasina Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute), Dr. Mazharul Islam Milu, respectively. And last but not the least, Dr. Rafiul Alam (Assistant professor, Department of ENT, SSMC)
The results will be announced on June 10, 2020, on Callosum bd’s Facebook page. Exciting prizes and certificates await the winners of this competition. All participants will be receiving participation certificates as well.
And not to mention, Callosum BD is a voluntary non-political team run by students of different batches of Sir Salimullah medical college. Callosum BD intends to help students, both medical and dental, by making the tough BMDC curriculum as palatable as possible, by providing videos on difficult topics of Medical Science, is the most simple but informative way. Being named as one of World’s top 20 anatomy channels by feedspot.com, it has already gained acceptance among the students as a reliable and authentic educational channel on YouTube, with around 27k subscribers. It is also one of very first medical education-based YouTube channels of Bangladesh and has over 200 videos on various topics.