To sensitise medical officers, nurses and counselors of district hospital, as well as CHCs and PHCs of Dimapur district on the 3-fold objectives of ‘adolescents reproductive and sexual health’ a three-day training programme organized under RCH-NRHM programme by department of Health and Family Welfare, started Tuesday at Circuit House, Dimapur.
The three fold objectives of the training include knowing more about adolescents, about key sexual reproductive health, concerns of adolescents and to design appropriate services for adolescents at facility level.
The Resource persons include Dr. P. K. Goswami, Sr. Advisor, and Murari Chandra, programme manager, both from Mamta Health Institute for Mother and Child, New Delhi.
Stressing on the fact that adolescent constituted 30 % of total population in India, making India a country of young people, Dr. Goswami said it was important to influence the health seeking behavior of adolescents (10-15 yrs) as their situation would be central in determining India’s health. He stated it was extremely important to deliver adolescent friendly health services to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) outlined by the United Nations which include reduction of maternal mortality ratio, infant mortality ratio and reversing HIV spread in the country.
The participants will be trained on 10 Core Modules which include topics like- communicating with the adolescent client, sexual and reproductive health concerns of boys and girls, nutritional needs of adolescents and anaemia etc.
Earlier, Dr. Watikala, State Programme Officer (RCH) said the training was the precursor for pilot Adolescent Reproductive & Sexual Health (ARSH) Clinic to be launched shortly in Dimapur district under Reproductive & Child Health (RCH) programme. Following the pilot clinic in Dimapur district, similar ARSH clinics would also be set up in Kohima, Mokokchung and Phek districts in the current year.