DIMAPUR, MARCH 16: An orientation programme for principals, headmasters and head teachers on School Health & Wellness Programme under Ayushman Bharat, for the district of Kohima, started on March 16 at SIEMAT hall, SCERT, Kohima.
Prior to the commencement of the orientation, a short inaugural session was held with Shanavas C, Principal Director for School Education, as special guest.
Shanavas highlighted the existing scenario and the need to look after the physical and mental well-being of students. He also emphasized on the importance of counselling as children come from different economic, social backgrounds and thus undergo different psychological experiences.
He also stressed on the need to address substance abuse among the student group; their nutritional needs and sexual health as this age group is the most vulnerable.
Dr Khriesilie Sachü, Nodal Officer for School Health Programme (SHP), Department of Health & Family Welfare, stated that school plays a crucial role in helping students establish healthy behaviour for their lifetime.
Keeping this in mind, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Ministry of Human Resource & Development have taken the initiative to address the need for “comprehensive preventive and promotive” health education programme at school.
He added that two teachers from each school will be trained as “Health & Wellness Ambassadors”, who will impart health & wellness education to the students. The students will then act as health & wellness messengers in the society and will work on improving health practices in their community.
The inaugural programme was followed by orientation of the school principals and head masters and the training of the head teachers will be held from March 17 to 20.
The programme is a joint initiative of the Department of Health & Family Welfare and the Department of School Education, Nagaland with Sony Katiry, Lecturer, DIET Pfütsero, Phek; Dr Anile Puro, Sr. Lectrurer, DIET Pfütsero, Phek; Visede-ü Solo, Lecturer, DIET, Chiechama, Kohima and Kenilo Semp, Senior Lecturer, DIET, Chiechama, Kohima as the resource persons with two mentors from SCERT.
Ayushman Bharat- School Health & Wellness Programme has been launched in a phase-wise manner in the districts of Kohima, Kiphire and Peren in the first phase, and the remaining districts will be covered in the next phase.
(Page News Service)