DC Dimapur launches MHMP

DC Dimapur launches MHMP
DC Dimapur Anoop Kinchi, CHI officials along with principal DGC and faculty members after the launching of the MHMP at DGC on July 24. (DIPR)
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/24/2020 10:16:10 AM IST

Menstrual Hygiene Management programme (MHMP) for Dimapur based government schools and colleges was launched Friday here at Dimapur Government College (DGC).

According to DIPR report, the programme initiated by Dimapur district administration in collaboration with Community Health Initiative (CHI) was launched by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Dimapur, Anoop Kinchi and DGC principal, Dr. Moanochet Longchar by inaugurating the sanitary napkin machine and incinerator at the college premises.

In his address, DC Kinchi said through MHMP sanitary napkin machine and incinerator would be installed in all the government schools and colleges across Dimapur. He added that this initiative would “go a long way in helping the girl child of our society”.

Kinchi also asserted the importance to talk about menstruation with family and male members of the society so as to do away with the taboo/stigma associated with it.

The DC also emphasised on creating more awareness and training on menstrual hygiene management programme and pointed out the vital role of NGOs in disseminating the information.

Speaking on health challenges in Nagaland, Dr. Rhondemo Kikon cited isolated geography, poor infrastructure, lack of skilled health care, low percent of hospitals/ health centers, low percent mother and child health care, low vaccine coverage in children as some of the challenges.

Director, CHI, Loreni Sophia also spoke on taboo/stigma associated with menstruation.  She said there are 355 million menstruating women in India out of which 23 million females drop out of school annually due to lack of menstrual hygiene and management. 

Sophia cited lack of sanitary napkins, lack of functional toilets and low awareness on menstruation as the main reasons for early school drop outs.

DGC principal termed the day as “momentous” and welcomed the initiative on behalf of around 800 female students. He also informed that out of the 15 government colleges in Nagaland, DGC would be the first college with the facility.

Associate professor, Meripeni Ngully chaired the program while assistant professor, DGC, Moamongla Aier delivered the vote of thanks.

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