Awareness program on Adolescence reproductive and sexual health (ARSH) which was conducted in five schools culminated on November 20 at Kiphire district.
The schools covered were GM, Phelungre village, GHS., Anatongre village, G.H.S., Chomi village, GMS, Pungro village and Loyola Hr. Sec. School, Kiphire town.
A medical team consisting of Dr. I. Sungit, CMO, Dr. Tali, DTO, Dr. Kibang, DIO, P. Ritse, DPM, Celine Secü, media officer, Tsointhe Sangtam, BPM, Jongpong, DAM and ASHA coordinators, Lily and Lelim took part in the program and gave lectures on adolescent education.
Speaking on the program, Dr. I. Sungit, CMO who was the resource person stressed on the necessity of providing adolescents with authentic knowledge about physical, physiological, psychological and issues of reproductive health in order to develop a healthy adult.
While deliberating the keynote address, Celine Secü, media officer, spoke on issues and problems concerning adolescents. She briefed out on how adolescents need to be addressed as important human resources.
From the 5 schools, a total of more than 450 students participated in the program followed by an interactive session.
Culminating the ARSH program, an adolescent parliament was also conducted at Loyola Hr. Sec. School on November 20.
The formation of the parliament consisted of president, secretary, speaker and deputy speaker, ruling and opposition leaders.
The house members were students of Loyola Hr. Sec. School numbering approximately 90.
The bill for discussion was “Unprotected sex among adolescents leading to increase teenage pregnancies, illegal abortion with complication like chronic pelvic infection, Reproductive Tract Infection, Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV and AIDS, infertility in later life or even death with abortion complication”; “Sexual violence like rape, homicide, suicide or use of alcohol and Drug abuse among adolescents are on rise”.
After a lengthy debate, the house came up with an enactment of the bill.
While expressing gratitude to all the participants, the media officer also thanked all heads of the institution for their support in making the program a success. The awareness programme started from November 3.