Nagaland observes ‘World Population Day’

Correspondent DIMAPUR/Kohima, Jul 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/11/2019 11:26:14 AM IST
Along with the rest of the world, Nagaland on Thursday observed “World Population Day (WPD)” by organising/launching advocacy and awareness campaigns across the state under the theme “take responsibility towards family planning – prepare for the wellbeing of mother and child”.
Following are the reports. 
Kohima: A launching programme of “World Population Day & Population Stabilization Fortnight”  to be held from July 11 to 24, was held at the Conference Hall of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Kohima along with District Health Society, Department of Health & Family Welfare, NHM.
The programme was chaired by DTO, Dr. Asünü Sakhrie while technical session presentation on the fortnight was done by MO (UPHC) Potterlane, Dr. Toboli G Chishi. 
A release by CMO Kohima office stated that the fortnight would be called as “Family Health Mela”. It informed that advocacy and awareness campaigns would be carried out in all the blocks and villages under Kohima district which will include exhibition of family planning methods. 
IEC activities of interpersonal communication – focus group discussion will be carried out in selected health units to observe population fortnight as basket of family planning services.
In his closing remarks, CMO, Dr. Laso Lazar, stressed on the importance of observing world population stabilization fortnight by mobilizing and carrying out intensive awareness as to reach maximal target. He said all health provider should be accountable and prompt in carrying out the activities.
PDLSA: Phek District Legal Services Authority (PDLSA) in association with Chakhesang Students’ Union (CSU) observed World Population Day at Christian Mission Higher Secondary School Phek on Thrusday.
Speaking on the occasion, District & Session Judge and chairperson PDLSA, Mezivolii T. Therieh said the observance of World Population Day was aimed at focusing people’s attention towards population issues and how it affects overall growth and development plans and programmes. 
She said the greatest threat that growing population causes was quick depletion of natural resources and the threat that it poses to sustainability. 
“However, this day is to be looked as an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of brotherhood and one must realize the responsibility one has towards one another,” she said.
She stressed on the need to have the correct statistics of the population in order to have proper implementation of the various governmental programmes.
She also called for maintaining the correct record. 
Stating that the state government was trying to bring out Registration of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN), she said “this will enable us to have correct datas of the local populace.”
With wrong information, everything will go wrong, she said and challenged the people to do what is right.
PDLSA panel lawyer Keneinuo Swuro and Thejalenuo Jane Solo, assistant public prosecutor District Court Phek spoke on “Gender equality” and “Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2016” respectively.
Earlier, CSU president Lavoto Chizo shared greetings.
The function as chaired by Vethothi Vero, project assistant PDLA while Shekhotso, panel lawyer PDLSA led interactive session.
Mokokchung: Launching programme of “World population Day and Population Stabilization Fortnight” was held at the IDSP Conference Hall, IMDH Mokokchung.
A press release from DPMU, Mokokchung stated that the chief guest, assistant commissioner, Rohit Singh, said that the aim of celebrating “World Population Day” was to spread awareness about the issues of the global population and the importance of reproduction health. 
In a keynote address, deputy CMO, Dr Kibangkumba, stated that World Population Day was celebrated to create awareness to people so that they can understand the population issues.
A brief report on world population day and stabilization fortnight was delivered by DPO (UIP & RCH), Dr Ayangla Saku and benediction by Chaplin IMDH, Nchumthung Humtsoe.
Zunheboto: District Health Society, Zunheboto organised “Observance of World Population Day” at Conference Hall, District Hospital, Zunheboto. 
In his keynote address, CMO, Zunheboto, Dr. C. W Tungoe, highlighted about the significance of the day and emphasized that family planning was important for the health of a mother and her children, as well as the family’s economic situation. 
He also spoke about “Mobilization Fortnight” which was held from June 27 to July 10 and “population stabilization fortnight” which is held from July 11-24.
The programme was chaired by DPM, Vitoli, deputy CMO, Dr. K. Akaho Sema, delivered short speech and SMO, District Hospital, Zunheboto, Dr. Aron Sema, delivered the vote of thanks.
Mon: On the occasion, SDO (C) Mon, Chumlamo Humtsoe who was the special guest urged the entire stake holders to disseminate the importance of family planning and take responsibility toward family planning. MO (Obs & Gyn), Dr. Aman Konyak spoke on the topic and shared on the negative impact and consequence of overpopulation like exploitation on natural resources, urbanization, industrialization, air & water pollution, deforestation, unemployment and crime. DPO (UIP & RCH), Mon, Dr. Shasinle Tep spoke on Family Planning Schemes & services. CMO Mon, Dr. Kechongol Sophie spoke on the significance of the day while vote of thanks was delivered by Vincent Belho, general manager, FPA India in the programme chaired by Akangkokla Namo.
Wokha: In Wokha, the programme was held at CMO conference hall, organized by District Health Society (DHS), Heath and Family Welfare.
According to DIPR report, deputy CMO, Wokha Dr. Zuben Kikon delivered the key note address. During this fortnight free services will be available at district hospital and other health units. The function was chaired by DPO (RCH/UIP) Dr. KhelitoZhimomi, while vote of thanks was delivered by Mhonbeni.
Kiphire: In Kiphire, the programme was held at conference hall, Kiphire with Chumbenthung Murry, EAC HQ as special guest. 
Chumbenthung in his speech said that, it was time for everyone to create awareness regarding population problem and resolve to contribute by having a small family. Keynote address was delivered by Dr. K. Pewezo Khalo DPO (RCH/UIP) and vote of thanks pronounced by Atsali district media officer (NHM) District Hospital Kiphire and presided by Limawati, district programme manager (NHM).
Dimapur DHS: Dimapur district health society (DHS) observed the day at CMO office on July 11, where Dr Rebecca, DPO RCH-UIP, oriented the members on the activities to be carried out during the Population Stabilization Fortnight (PSF) from July 11 to 24. 
A press release from DPMU Dimapur stated that, Dr Rebecca urged the health workers to encourage eligible couples on birth spacing and to motivate the men folk to participate in the family planning methods. Free permanent method of family planning services can be availed at District Hospital Dimapur and CHC Medziphema. Dr. K. Vikato Kinimi, chief medical officer Dimapur while launching the PSF in the district urged the medical officers and health workers to motivate the ASHAs to mobilize the beneficiaries to avail the free family planning services during the fortnight. 
The programme was chaired by Dr. Antoly Suu, deputy CMO Dimapur and the function was attended by Dr. Nyan Kikon, SNO (IDSP), various programme officers, medical officers from all the blocks, DPMU, DAPCU, IDSP, BPMU and staff under CMO Dimapur.
Peren: In Peren, the programme was attended by the members of Puidi Ma and Jalukie Town Women Welfare Organizations and HCMC members.
A press release from CMO office, district media officer, Pezanguno Celine Secii stated that, keynote address was delivered by Dr. M. Nukshisangla Jamir, DPO UIP/RCH, highlighting the objectives of the day to protect and empower youths, both males and females and to increase awareness on issues related to population control. 
ADC Jalukie, Tinu Jongshi stated that stakeholders participation and cooperation was important for disseminating information for such global observance programme and suggested for more community/stakeholders participants in the future. Earlier, the programme chaired by Pezanguno Celine Secii began with an invocation by Mongzeung Mpom, pastor Jalukie Town Local Baptist Church and vote of thanks by Dr. Phenriwangbou Newmai, MO. 
Phek: DC Phek,  Sachin Jaiswal in his short speech at Phek town stressed on the rising concern of population growth not only in metropolitan cities but in rural areas as well. Dr. Wetshelo senior paediatrician DH Phek speaking on the theme said “Family Planning goes beyond family size. It takes into account the health and family wellbeing of mother and child”. 
Dr. Vibeituonuo Mepfuo, chief medical officer phek (CMO) Phek gave the welcome speech in the programme attended by staff of CMO, doctors, nurses, NGOs, colony chairmen and pastors. 

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