Dimapur, May 28: A health camp and a livelihood enhancement program was held at Pfutsero Town on May 26 for the vegetable vendors as well as wholesalers of the town. Around a hundred women participated in the program at the Baptist Theological College (BTC) auditorium, T Chikri, that provided a free Cervical Cancer screening for all these women who belong to the most vulnerable sections of society and cannot afford regular checks for themselves.
A team of 3 doctors comprising of Cancer Surgeon, a Gynecologist and an Orthopedic with 9 nurses and a pharmacist conducted the health camp that offered free Pap smear tests and medicines to the attendees.
Speaking to the women Vendors at the inaugural session, prior to the health camp, the doctors from the K &T Keditsu Foundation highlighted the need for women to take care of themselves and their health seriously. Dr Thejavinuo Keditsu spoke on the ‘Basics of Women Health’ while Dr Keduovinuo Keditsu gave an “Introduction of Cervical Cancer”.
The program was chaired by Vechulou Kanuo, the Director of the Chakhesang Women Welfare Society (CWWS) who is the Pfutsero partner of EA for the project.
The health camp was followed by a session on “Livelihood Enhancement” led by the Entrepreneurs Associates team.
Neikule Doulo spoke on the need for the women vendors to increase their sources of income by taking up other livelihood options alongside their vegetable vending. She also encouraged the women to speak up for their rights when the need arises so that people in the places of authority will be made aware about the problems that they face.
EA’s Pfutsero branch manager, Cukhoyi Chiero spoke on the need for the women to plan financially for their future and stressed on the need for the women to put aside part of their income as savings. Sharing that the lack of financial planning would prove to be detrimental in the future, Cukhoyi encouraged them to begin at the earliest and further highlighted about the different products available for them under the EA Thrift and Credit Cooperative Limited (EATACOL).
This is the second of the series conducted at Pfutsero Town for the women vendors. Following a similar exercise in the town, many of the women began to save regularly and are on their way to financial security.
The vegetable vendors from Pfutsero and its neighbouring areas form a very integral part of the vegetable vending network in the entire state and Well known for organic and fresh vegetables, many of the women are engaged in supplying vegetables to Kohima, Dimapur and other parts of the state. (Page News Service)