Longwa villagers receives medical attention

Dimapur, April 11 (MExN): Family Planning Association of India, Nagaland unit organized a medical health camp at Longwa, the village right on the international boundary between India and Burma (Myanmar).
The association travelled 966 Kms back and forth to observe the occasion of World Health Day 2011 at Longwa. ‘Most border villages of Nagaland still remain most in need of medical care and facilities particularly maternal and child care, basic immunizations and health check-ups for pregnant woman still remains distant facility,’ stated a note from Vincent Belho of the FPA. “Cleanliness and hygiene is a matter of serious concern which otherwise could prevent many ailments and this could be achieved only through the school and Church besides proper sensitization of the elders and stakeholders which has vital influence and respect.” The FPA team distributed clothes collected from well-wishers and philanthropic people in addition to holding a medical health camp where 88 people both young and old received medical attention and medicines.
“The good thing about the villagers is the absence of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure which is very common in cities today,” said the association quoting Dr. Dietho Koza of the team. He observed that worm infestation amongst all ages was high and Protein Energy Malnutrition and respiratory tract infections are other areas of concern while the understanding of family planning and contraception seems to be non-existent with many households counting more than 6 to 7 members or more.  
The FPA Team also conducted a rural mobile health event at Totok village the next evening where hundreds of people attended. The highlights of the awareness program included a quiz competition, singing, and a film show directed at HIV awareness and family planning, maternal and child health care. 


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