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‘World Population Day’ observed across Nagaland

Various districts across the state observed “World Population Day” 2022 under the theme “Adopt Family Planning Measures and Write a New Chapter of Progress” on Monday.
Wokha: Officials of medical department, administrative establishments, civil society leaders, and medical staffs observed World Population Day at chief medical officer (CMO) conference hall.
Delivering the keynote address, deputy CMO Wokha, Dr. Zuben Kikon explained the purpose of observing the day and said depletion of resources necessitated the need to control our population. He stressed on family planning as a human right and urged health workers to emphasise on gender equality during health talks.
Meanwhile, EAC Wokha, I. Yentinoungbou encouraged to focus on sustainable population and informed health workers to identify beneficiaries to make ‘World Population Stabilization Fortnight’ successful.

Earlier, CMO Wokha, Dr. Tumchobeni in her opening address called for the need of more awareness in family planning activities and vote of thanks was delivered by medical officer, RBSK, Dr. Thungchanbeni Patton.
During the programme, a short video clip of family activities carried out in the district was also presented. Other attendees of the programme included church leaders from Wokha Town Baptist Church, Indian Social Responsibility Network district coordinator, and urban ASHAs.
Longleng: Photo caption: District Health Society Longleng (DHSL) observed World Population Day and launched World Population Fortnight at district hospital (DH), Longleng.
Special guest, deputy commissioner (DC) Longleng, Dharam Raj (IAS) acknowledged and appreciated CMO, doctors, and staff for initiating such programmes and expressed his happiness to witness the active participation of people, especially the womenfolk. He said, “when it comes to family planning and children, women are the ones who takes and suffers the most pain; both physically and mentally”.

The DC also asserted how ‘population growth’ had a negative impact in the progress of a nation and states with limited land and resources. He opined that by controlling population growth, we would have world class quality of infrastructure and health care facilities like other advanced countries where they maintained population growth. He concluded by stating that it was our responsibility and duty to realise problems faced by the government and contribute towards nation building by adhering to policies and programmes of the government.
Meanwhile, DPO (RCH & UIP), Dr. Imnamerem Phom in his keynote address stated that observance of World Population Day was to raise awareness on population issues, reaffirm the right to family planning, and sensitize about world population day.
Phom further mentioned that world population fortnight would be conducted in two phases; phase I from June 27 to July 10 and phase II from July 11 to July 24 where community mobilisation fortnight, focusing on sensitisation on family planning is conducted in the grass root levels with front line workers and ASHAs. He emphasised on three takeaways from his message; teenage age pregnancy, spacing of minimum two years between the first and second child, and unplanned pregnancy.
He concluded his address by appealing on changing the “wrong concept” about family planning stating that family planning was not only about having fewer children but also about planned pregnancy and proper planning of the family.
Later, short note on family planning and its importance was delivered by senior medical officer (SMO) (Obst/Gynae), DH Longleng, Dr. Ademla Tinu.
Earlier, CMO Longleng, Dr. Obangjungla delivered the welcome note while short speech was also delivered by president of Phomla Hoichem. Later, SMO (ortho) Dr. G. Thong pronounced the vote of thanks.

It may be noted that the world population fortnight was simultaneously launched in all health units under Longleng district.
Mokokchung: In observance of World Population Day under the theme “Adopt Family Planning Measures and Write a New Chapter of Progress”, world population fortnight (from July 11 to 24) was launched in a programme held at IMDH Mokokchung.
In a press note issued by District Programme Management Unit (DPMU), NRHM Mokokchung, it informed that during the fortnight, services like tubectomy / IUCD insertions would be provided free of cost. It may be further noted that tubectomy / IUCD would be carried out at DH Mokokchung and IUCD insertions would be done at the PHCs and CHCs during the fortnight.
Phek: Phek district observed World Population Day at chief medical officer (CMO) conference hall.
In a press release issued by the CMO’s office, it stated that CMO Phek, Dr. Khriezotuo Paphino while delivering the keynote address, highlighted on importance of adopting family planning and birth spacing.
Meanwhile, gynecologist DH Phek, Dr. Panger in his speech shared the benefits of small family norms stating that adopting family planning decreased maternal and neo-natal mortality rate.
He then highlighted the different methods of family planning services, both permanent and temporary, which were available in the district.
In commemoration of the day, the district carried out awareness activities, counselling, distribution of IEC materials, contraceptives, OCP, etc.
It may be noted that family planning camp would be organised at district hospital from July 11 to 23 where lap-ligation and insertion of Copper-T will be done.

DC Longleng, Dharam Raj addressing the gathering at the launch of world population fortnight at DH Longleng.
CMO, DPO (UIP & RCH), and staffs during launching of world population fortnight.
CMO Phek, Dr. Khriezotuo addressing the gathering at CMO conference hall, Monday.

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