‘World Population Day’ observed across Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/11/2018 11:18:48 PM IST
Nagaland observed World Population Day 2018 on July 11 in various district headquarters under the theme, “start a meaningful tomorrow with family planning”. 
Kiphire: In Kiphire the programme was held at Hopongkyu Memorial Hall with deputy commissioner Kiphire, Mohammad Ali Shihab as the special guest.
Thanking the Medical department for selecting Kiphire as the place for celebration of World Population Day 2018, he appealed the gathering to support the department for effective execution of the work. He said that Kiphire located in the far-flung district has been neglected with basic medical facilities causing immense suffering to public in their daily life.
While lamenting on the poor infrastructure in District Hospital Kiphire, he said that without upgradeting public facilities, awareness programme alone cannot bring solution in the district. He said that family planning was a human right so that every parent should know how to foster their children towards quality life. DC said that God has given life to everyone in proper shape but owing to carelessness of many parents, children cannot be given quality life.
Additional director, Health & Family Welfare Kohima who delivered the significance of the day said that due to lack of family planning many faced poverty. She said that world population day was observed to facilitate proper family planning and its managements. She also said that when there was family planning and management, quality education and good health can be given to every life. She also appealed the gathering to support the department for execution of family planning.
Counsellor, Family Planning Association of India, Nagaland Branch, Ville Rhetso said that role of NGOs in the society play a vital role.  She said that sexual reproductive health education was very important in present society, therefore parents should have more awareness on the issue. Counsellor also stressed on sensitization of HIV to children by NGOs.
District immunization officer (DIO) Kiphire who also spoke at the programme asked the NGOs to stress on the importance of vaccination. Welcome address was delivered by Dr. Tinurenla Anichari while note of appreciation was pronounce by general manager, FPA India Nagaland Branch, Vincent Belho. Invocation was said by Dr. Apise Sangtam, secretary USBLA Kiphire. General secretary USLP, Tsitongse Sangtam also spoke at the programme.
The programme was compered by Sentilemla and Viketouzo. (Correspondent)
Longleng: ADC Longleng, Temsuwati was the special guest on July 11 at DC’s office complex for the programme. According to DIPR report, the ADC emphasized on the importance of quality education which he said was an important tool to create awareness on family planning and quality of life in the present generation. In his keynote address, DPO RCH/UIP, Longleng, Dr. S. Imnameren stressing on the increasing maternal death day by day at alarming pace, he said that unplanned child-bearing severely affected the child and both the parents.  Short speeches were delivered by CMO Longleng, Dr. O. Kongan Phom and executive secretary PBCA, Longleng, Tialemba. Earlier, invocation was proposed by pastor LTBC, Rev. Beau and welcome address by MS District Hospital, Longleng, Dr. Toshirenla. Special numbers were presented by the Cross Road Band, short play by Adolescent Club, Marathon Race and prize distribution to the winners of the Marathon Race. 
The programme was chaired by DPM Longleng, Viroli Sangtam while vote of thanks and benediction were pronounced by DVBO Longleng, Dr. ManyauPhom and associate pastor (Women) LABA, Asangla respectively.
Wokha: In Wokha the programme was held at deputy commissioner’s conference hall, with DC Wokha, Dr. Manazir Jeelani Samoon as the chief guest. Addressing the participants, the chief guest said the problem of population varied from place to place in different parts of the world. In India, the rate of population growth was high but in certain countries the growth was declining and this problem had to be tackled, he said. Deputy CMO, Dr. Zuben Kikon while delivering the key note address stressed on the various problems created due to rapid growth of population and the importance of proper counseling and awareness to eligible couples for population control.  The function was chaired by DPO (RCH/UIP), Dr. Khelito Zhimomi while vote of thanks was delivered by DVBO (VBDCP), Dr. Zathung.
CMO Dimapur: The programme was observed at CMO’s conference hall, Dimapur on July 11. Speaking on the occasion, district programme officer, RCH-UIP, Dr Rebecca Y. Sema oriented the members on the activities to be carried out during the Population Stabilization Fortnight from July 11 to 24. She briefed the members on the activities to be carried out in all the blocks and urged the health workers to encourage eligible couples on birth spacing and to motivate men folk to participate in family planning methods. 
Medical superintendent, District Hospital Dimapur, Dr Z Kheshito Zhimo also urged members to educate the public on the different choices of family planning methods and to patiently answer their queries to eliminate their doubts and fears. He further stressed the need to fully convince the beneficiaries before referring them to hospitals in town areas for sterilization so as to not waste their time and money travelling to Dimapur. 
Deputy CMO, Dimapur, Dr Antoly Swu as chairperson also requested the health workers to spread the message of family planning and to refer beneficiaries to the nearest health units to avail free family planning method.
CMO Zunheboto: In Zunheboto, the programme was held at CMO office with Dr. Alemwabang Aier, DPO (RCH &UIP), Zunheboto as the resource person. A press release from district media officer, CMO Zunheboto, Shekho Sophie stated that Dr. Alemwabang Aier highlighted about the significance of the day. Dr. Aier also emphasized that family planning has an important long-term impact on the financial situation of any family. He shared a power-point presentation and highlighted that during the Population Stabilization Fortnight from July 11-24 various FP methods would be carried out. Free IEC materials were distributed during the observance.
The programme was attended by CMO staff, DH staff, stakeholders, students and medical fraternity from the blocks. Vitoli, DPM, chaired the programme and Dr. Hoito Sema, deputy CMO gave the welcome address.
CMO Kohima: Chief medical officer (CMO), Kohima along with District Health Society, department of Health & Family Welfare, NHM observed the day at CMO’s conference hall on July 11. The programme was chaired by deputy CMO, Dr. Avile Zao with technical session presentations on “World Population Day & Population Stabilization Fortnight” from July 11 to 24.  CMO, Dr. Ritu Thurr, in his closing remarks stressed on mobilizing and carrying out intensive awareness as to reach maximum targets. He also said that all health providers should be accountable and prompt in carrying out the activities. 

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