‘3rd Rashtriya Poshan Maah’ activities report

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 9/12/2020 12:23:51 PM IST

Various activities have been undertaken as part of the 3rd Rashtriya Poshan Maah which is being celebrated during the month of September 2020. Every year the Poshan Maah is celebrated under POSHAN Abhiyaan – the Prime Minister of India’s overarching scheme for holistic nourishment.

Wokha: Continuing with the Poshan Maah (Poshan Abhiyaan) activities meeting with the Lotha Hoho, Team Metamorphosis, church leaders, Lotha Student’s Union and Lotha Youth Hoho, a programme on “Innovative and suggestive actions: Removal of stigma around COVID-19” at DC’s conference hall, Wokha on September 12. 
According to DIPR report, stressing on the month long activities under Poshan Maah, SDO (C) Wokha Chonpenthung Ezung while addressing during the meeting stated that right nourishment and proper nutrition can help prevent from various diseases. He also dwelt on the importance of disseminating right information in order to do away with stigma and discrimination about the doctors, frontline workers, sanitation workers and police, as they are rendering their best of services tirelessly to provide care and support during such pandemic crisis and added they all deserve praise and appreciation.
Ezung also thanked the NGOs led by the Lotha Hoho, LSU, Lotha Youth Hoho and other civil societies for coming forward in extending their helping hand in the fight against combating this pandemic. He highlighted on the 3ws, wear mask, wash hands and watch your distance and appealed to all the civil societies to continue in helping the government in combating the disease. 
Dr. Thungjanbeni S Patton, while sharing on the topic said, this virus was going to stay and was the responsibility of everyone to take all precautionary measures by following SOPs and guideline for safety. She further stated the need to understand the mental trauma the frontline workers and returnees were facing/undergoing due to stigma and discrimination as they have the feeling of rejection and may not be their normal self again, where she urged all to extend support and care to overcome the depression. She also cautioned on spreading wrong information and to maintain privacy and confidentiality of the persons living with the virus. District coordinator, Poshan Abhiyaan, Shanjothung Ngullie led the gathering in reading out the pledge and also informed that so far 164 Poshan Maah has been carried out within the district since September 1.
CDPO Dimapur: Child Development Project Officer (Rural) Dimapur organised Poshan Maah programme for adolescent girls Friday at Ikishe Council Hall.
A press release by CDPO Dimapur office stated that a brief introduction on objectives of Poshan Maah and importance of nutrition, hygiene and hand washing was delivered by project senior supervisor, Toto Sema.
Resource person, dietician (Eden Hospital), Imsutola interacted with the adolescent girls on various topics such as anaemia and importance of consuming iron tablets; health and nutrition; importance of proper diet; how to maintain a healthy lifestyle; right age of marriage as well as the effects of teenage pregnancy.
Earlier, supervisors – Hekali Yepthomi, Rongsentula Pongen, Akumlila Yaden and Poshan block assistant, Hesheka Ayemi distributed hampers to the adolescent girls. Anganwadi workers and helpers of Ikishe and adolescent girls from the age of 10 to 17 years attended the programme.
CDPO Longkhim: 3rd Rashtriya Poshan Maah was launched at Longkhim on September 10 in a programme organised at CDPO office Longkhim.
At the programme, EAC Longkhim, H. Aloto Shohe shared about the importance of nutrition and its benefits during pandemic. Shohe also stressed on importance of proper hygiene in order to live healthy.
In a keynote address, CDPO Longkhim, C. Tsalito Sangtam explained the objective of celebrating Poshan Maah (nutritional month). He also highlighted the importance of proper hand washing and safety measures for day to day life. Hand washing demonstration was also conducted at Anganwadi Centre, Longkhim.
Tuensang: District level convergence committee for POSHAN held a meeting Friday at the Conference Hall of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Tuensang.
According to DIPR report, DC Tuensang, Kumar Ramnikant said that every converging department should take a responsible role to make things happen in reality. The meeting discussed on Poshan Maah 2020 District Action plans and also agreed to have an anemia camp throughout the district and to focus on implementing the nutri garden as the theme of the POSHAN states.
Zunheboto: Deputy Commissioner (DC) and Chairman, Poshan Abhiyaan, Zunheboto, Peter Lichamo Friday launched the district-wide Poshan Maah under Poshan Abhiyaan at the DC’s conference hall.
According to DIPR report, the DC said that selection and identification of all beneficiaries need to be done properly. DPO (RCH&UIP), Dr. Nukshisangla Jamir, spoke on the importance of nutrition and COVID-19 awareness. 
Mon: On the occasion of poshan maah celebration organised by Mon District Convergence Action Plan Committee, an essay competition was conducted Friday at District Programme Office Mon (Poshan maah) on the topic "As a woman, what would you like to see in today society". 
According to DIPR report, 14 schools participated in the programme wherein N. Niangmai Konyak from John's Higher Secondary School Mon bagged the first position while Ajat Salim WC from Christ King School Mon and Lipan N from Little Flower School, Mon bagged the second and third positions respectively.

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