Monday, November 28, 2022

H&FW dept observes ‘World Pneumonia Day’


State Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) department Saturday observed “World Pneumonia Day” by organising various programmes and activities to educate the public about pneumonia infection.
On “World Pneumonia Day”, H&FW department also launched Social Awareness and Actions to Neutralize Pneumonia Successfully (SAANS) campaign across the state. The campaign would culminate on February 28, 2023.
SAANS campaign was launched on November 16, 2019 by National Health Mission (NHM), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW), government of India to accelerate action to reduce deaths due to childhood pneumonia.
According to MoH&FW, SAANS campaign is rolled out in the states/ UTs every year with the aim of accelerating action against childhood pneumonia by generating awareness around protect, prevent and treatment aspects of childhood pneumonia and to enhance early identification and care seeking behaviours among parents and caregivers.
Mokokchung: Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Mokokchung, Dr Limatula Aier stated that pneumonia was a common ailment among children but the mortality was very high since it was taken “very lightly”. She said the morbidity would be reduced if intervention was made at the right moment.
CMO Mokokchung said this while delivering a welcome address during the launching programme of SAANS campaign and “World Pneumonia Day” observance at the Conference Hall, CMO Mokokchung office.
Delivering a speech at the launching programme, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Mokokchung, Chumlamo Humtsoe said though pneumonia was a preventable disease, precious children loss lives due to lack of awareness and called upon the members and educate and sensitise the community for timely intervention in preventing pneumonia.
In a power point presentation on SAANS, IMDH paediatrician, Dr Imlisenba said the campaign aims to prevent and control child deaths due to pneumonia. He said through the campaign, the government has initiated equal standard treatment protocols, capacity building, community awareness and mass media campaign etc.
Phek: Prevalence of traditional beliefs or myths on pneumonia are affecting seeking timely medical help, said SMO District Hospital Phek, Dr.Ngopelo Keviechu while speaking on the theme, “Pneumonia Affects Everyone” at the “World Pneumonia Day” programme at District Hospital Phek.
To address such beliefs or myths, Dr.Keviechu said educating and spreading awareness to prevent,diagnose and treat pneumonia at the community level must be prioritised.
He also highlighted various factors affecting the increasing pneumonia disease such as malnutrition, indoor air pollution, parental smoking etc., adding that pneumonia disease was considered world’s biggest infectious killer of adults and children.
During the programme, CMO Phek Dr.Khriezotuo Paphino launched SAANS campaign and urged the gathering to be ambassadors in advocating pneumonia preventable disease in the district.
DPM NHM, Sede highlighted the gathering on various activities to be carried out during the campaign.
Peren: While lauding the department of H&FW Peren for its dedication and hard work in implementing various health activities across the district, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) and administrator Jalukie, L Kiusumong Tikhir encouraged the department to create more awareness on pneumonia.
Speaking at SAANS launching programme and “World Pneumonia Day” organised by District Health Society, Peren at Jalukie Town Women Welfare Hall, Tikhir urged the participants to disseminate more information on the signs and symptoms, Do’s and Don’ts and join hands to make SAANS campaign a success. He also assured to provide all logistics, when needed.
In a PowerPoint on SAANS, deputy CMO Peren, Dr.Lanuakum gave a basic overview and goals of SAANS and said that the campaign aims to ensure greater awareness and early detection of pneumonia in children under five of age. The campaign was also launched in Community Health Centre Tening and Primary Health Centre Ahthibung.
Tuensang: A launching programme of SAANS campaign and observance of “World Pneumonia Day” was held at the Conference Hall, Chief Medical Officer (CMO Tuensang with Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) Tuensang, Ketsinle Tep as the special guest.
At the programme, DPO (UIP & RCH) Dr. Sentiyenla spoke on the importance components under SAANS, the protection, prevention and treatment. She also shared about aims and objectives of SAANS and planned activities on community awareness.

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