Dimapur, July 27: As part of the Rashtriya Poshan Abhiyaan (National Nutrition Mission) a one day school based adolescent girls workshop was organised by the Department of Social Welfare Peren on the theme ‘Anaemia prevention in adolescent girls, balanced diet and right age of marriage’. The programme was held on July 25 at GHSS Peren.
During the workshop DOP (RCH-UIP) Peren Dr. M.Nukshisangla Jamir spoke on Anaemia and Diarrhoea Management while Grace Newmai counselor, Sakhi – one stop centre (OSC) under Peren highlighted on what the law says for right age of marriage.
The programme was chaired by CDPO Ahthibung Mangliyangbe Longkumer while principal GHSS Peren Arenla delivered welcome address. The programme concluded with vote of thanks delivered by DEO Peren, Ramdi Thou.
Adolescent Girls Camp on Information Education & Communication (IEC) and advocacy programme under National Nutrition Mission was held at Chief Medical Officer Conference Hall, Mon on July 23 on the theme ‘Good Livelihood’, Medical Officer CMO Office Mon, Dr. Elizabeth speaking on the topic ‘Awareness on Health Nutrition’ and ‘Anaemia’ said that adolescent is the transition period between childhood and adulthood, a window of opportunity for the improvement of nutritional status and correcting poor nutritional practices.
Any nutritional deficiency experienced during this critical period of life can have an effect on the future health of the individual and their offspring. Anaemia is the most widespread micronutrient deficiency affecting the vulnerable groups including adolescent girls which reduces the capacity to learn and work, she said.
Supervisor, Social Welfare Department Mon, L. Amei Konyak speaking on the topic ‘Importance of Hygiene & Sanitation’ and ‘Right Age of Marriage’ said that, early marriage before age of 18 for girls in India is a violation of human rights and has an impact on physical growth, health, mental and emotional development and educational opportunities.
She advised the adolescent girls to equip themselves with knowledge and skills and delay marriage to lead healthier fulfilled lives. She also mentioned that, in order to prevent health related problems, healthy behaviors must be adapted for a holistic development and better future.
More than 70 adolescent girls representing all Anganwati Centres under Mon Block attended the function. The programme was organized by Mon Block Convergence Actions Plan Committee under the aegis of Rashtriya Poshan Abhiyaan. (Page News Service)