Dimapur, July 11: District Health Society, Zunheboto organised a programme to observe World Population Day, on the theme ‘provision of family planning services even in a crisis, for self-reliant nation and family’, at CMO office on July 11.
A press release informed that Dr K Akaho Sema, Dy. CMO, Zunheboto, was the resource person.
He highlighted the significance of the day and emphasised that family planning is important for the health of a mother and her children as well as the family’s economic situation. Since parents are responsible for providing education, shelter, clothing and food for their children, family planning has an important long-term impact on the financial situation of any family, he added.
He also highlighted that during the Population Stabilization Fortnight from July 11 to 24, various FP methods will be carried out, free services like sterilisation, IUCD and distribution of condoms, ECP, OCP, counselling and free distribution of IEC materials and activities will be carried out in all the health units and villages.
Also, the District Health Society, Longleng observed World Population Day-cum-district review meeting on family planning at CMO conference hall on July 11.
Deputy CMO, Dr Philip Kent, in his welcome address, spoke about the significance of the day-to raise awareness about the effects of overpopulation on the environment, the health problems faced by child-bearing women and the importance of family planning.
He also told all the staff at health units and Medical Officers that the pandemic crisis should not hamper the delivery of the essential healthcare services.
Dr Imnameren Phom, DPO (RCH/UIP), in his keynote address, gave a brief update on World Population Fortnight.
He spoke on the benefits of family planning, the right age of marriage, dangers and health consequences of early pregnancy, contraceptive options for newlywed couples and spacing between children, limiting family size, timely adoption of family planning method, where to avail the services and the schemes that one can avail.
He also appealed to all the members to take the responsibility in creating awareness on the importance of family planning, adoption, gender equality, poverty and maternal health and women’s rights.
Dr Ademla, Obs & Gynae at District Hospital, also delivered a short speech on maternal health and family planning.
(Page News Service)