Itanagar, April 23: The Arunachal Pradesh unit of Longitudinal Ageing Study of India (LASI) began its research works here on Saturday and would continue for another eight months.
State unit of LASI Project Manager Balaji Chakrawar in a release stated that the research would give an in-depth study on the overall aspects of the respondent ages 45 years and above. LASI research study is conducted all over India wherein the team would travel to eight districts of the State to collect the data from Papum Pare, Kurung Kumey, East Kameng, Upper Subansari, Tirap, Changlong, Lohit and West Siang districts during the eight month study and research work.
It is further stated that the 15-member field research team would be closely monitored by a team of International Institute for Population Science (IIPS) and filed agency Helping Organization for Poverty and Rural Development (HOPARD) Mumbai, which is under the Union ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The Arunachal Pradesh field research team would be guided by Dr Mithilesh Varma from HOPARD as State Health Coordinator, Okram Somorjit (State IT Coordinator) and Priyo Kumar from the research agency, Ashok Posture (IIPS IT Coordinator) and Parag Mudoi (PO) from IIPS Mumbai.
Meanwhile, Chakrawar has said that 35 persons, belonging to age group around 45 and above, from five villages of East Kameng would be examined first and the health date of those persons of five villages would be prepared and accordingly the team would move to other districts and conclude the research work within 8 month and submit the report to the ministry and State government, which would be beneficial to the officials and bureaucrats to design proposals and projects for the benefits of the local people of the State.
He urged the district administration, CMOs and ward councillors, PRI members and village heads and Goan- Burahas to cooperate with the field research team for the study of the Lasi Project and help the teams in conducting the survey in the selected areas.