Participants of the awareness programme interacting with resource persons.
KOHIMA, OCTOBER 25 (MExN): An awareness programme on women’s health, personal hygiene and sanitation was organized by the North East Initiative Development Agency (NEIDA) at Sendenyu Village Council Hall on October 23.
The program is a part of the Tribal Development Fund (TDF) funded by NABARD, which covers three villages—Sendenyu, New Sendenyu and Thongsunyu.
Introduction about the program was given Nokman Konyak, Project Associate, NEIDA. Rhokuotho, Senior Treatment Supervisor, ICMR-NIE, IHCI took the first session on ‘Women’s Health.” He spoke on the importance of nutrition during pregnancy, importance of exercise, menstrual health and hygiene. He also spoke on hypertension where he urged people to for checkup regularly and follow up checkup as hypertension is a silent killer.
Ketsinuo, an Intern at ICMR-NIE, IHCI took the second session and spoke on importance of personal hygiene. She stressed on taking care of one’s own body as it helps an individual to be self-confident; appear responsible and attractive.
The third session on sanitation was taken up by Tsujivi Semy, CHO, Sendenyu village. She emphasized on safe drinking water, good sanitation practices, and safe disposal of human waste and management of solid waste to prevent or control vector borne diseases like diarrhea, dysentery, malaria, typhoid and cholera.
She also encouraged the villagers to eradicate open air defecation. To ensure hygienic living, it is necessary to have safe toilets and proper personal and community hygiene, she stated.
At the end of the programme, sanitary pads, dustbins, soap and medicines were distributed to over 50 participants.