Dimapur, June 1: The office of the Chief Medical Officer, Kohima launched the First 1000 Days program under National Health Mission (NHM) Nagaland on June 1 at Chief Medical Office’s Conference Hall, Merhulietsa, Kohima.
Deputy Commissioner Kohima, Shanavas C IAS said in Nagaland, people have a habit of taking things very lightly, which is a serious problem that may have a negative impact, especially regarding the health sector, and therefore urged the public for mass participation to reduce child’s mortality rate.
He also hoped that the message of the first 1000 days will reach the rural populace through the concerned department, line departments, NGOs, and SHGs. Shanavas also requested the H&FW Department to properly work out in making the Village Health Committee functional through which correct information can be disseminated to the people at the village level in eradicating the stigma.
The DC also urged the concerned department to give due importance to utilizing the machinery and equipment available in the health sector for the welfare of the public and said that convergence is much needed for all the stakeholders and requested to give community efforts in achieving the targeted goal and assured support and cooperation.
The objectives of the First 1000 Days was highlighted by Dr. Tumchobeni, CMO Kohima, while the agenda on “Importance of ANC & Delivery at the Hospital” was delivered by Medical Officer, PHC Chunlika, Dr. Cheyale Kath.
The topic of the PMMVY Scheme & Nutritional support during the first 1000 days was presented by the District Co-ordinator, PMMVY, Department of Social Welfare, Vidi Solo. Medical Officer, Porterlane UPHC, Dr. Azhanuo Khezhie highlighted the topic “Breastfeeding: The Complete Nutrition & Early Childhood Development.” A short introduction on the” Importance of Vaccination in Children” was given by Regional Project Officer, UNDP, Imli Longkumer.
During the program, ” SBCC through SHG Institution” its initiatives were highlighted by the State Program Manager, SISD ( NSRLM), Department of Rural Development, while the topic on “Village Health Sanitation & Nutrition Day and Convergence for Health” was highlighted by Medical Officer, Seikhazou UPHC, Dr. Bival Yalie.
During the launching program, a video on the First 1000 Days was also released. Earlier DPO (RCH/UIP), Dr. Khrievilhou said the Welcome Address; Dy. CMO Kohima, Dr. Imchatoshi pronounced the vote of thanks and the day’s program was chaired by District Program Manager Kohima, Avikali Jakhalu. Officials from Social Welfare Department, RD Department, Angami Women Organisation, Church leaders, NGOs, and SHGs also attended the program.
The First 1000 Days refer to the period that begins with pregnancy planning and goes up to when the child reaches the second birthday. Its aim and objectives are to lay the foundation for their healthy growth and development, with a concept of child development through public health interventions and support which is crucial and effective for a child’s life during the first 1000 days.
Different benefits and supports like ANC check-ups, JSSK & JSY schemes for hospital deliveries, approved vaccines available for free in government facilities, provision of MCP card, Iron Folic Acid to reduce anemia, CMHIS, Nutritional support, and Cash Incentive under PMMVY Scheme are given by the government, provided their details are registered correctly.
(Page News Service)