Wednesday, November 29, 2023

‘Menstrual Hygiene Day’ observed in Dimapur, Mokokchung and Wokha

World Menstrual Day 2022 was celebrated in Mokokchung and Wokha districts on Saturday. According to the Menstrual Hygiene Day organisation, the day is observed across the world, to break the taboos and end the stigma surrounding menstruation, to raise awareness about the challenges regarding access to menstrual products, education about menstruation and period-friendly sanitation facilities and to mobilise funding required for action at scale.
‘Menstrual products should be made more accessible’
In Dimapur, Community Health Initiative (CHI) along with Women Helpline 181, Breeze Women Welfare Society, Dimapur 24/7, powered by Menstrual Initiative Nagaland observed “World Menstrual Hygiene Day” thought an awareness programme on mensuration hygiene.
At the programme, free hygiene kits were distributed to women and girls who were daily wage earners and from marginalised sections of the society.
In a press release, CHI advisor, Loreni Sophia said that in India, only 121 million (roughly 36 percent) out of 336 million menstruating women use sanitary products, according to the National Family Health Survey, 2015-16.
In addition, shutting down of schools due to COVID-19 pandemic created a barrier to educational workshops and menstrual products, Loreni informed.
These factors, she said, contributed to “Period Poverty”, which refers to lack of access to menstrual products, sanitation facilities and adequate education. She also stressed on making menstrual products more accessible and affordable to decrease period poverty.
Loreni also called on governments, decision-makers and educators to take menstrual hygiene and education more seriously.
“State-wide sensitisation and menstrual awareness need to improve overall”, she further stated.
Mokokchung: World Menstrual Hygiene Day was celebrated in all the Ayushman Bharat-Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs) of Mokokchung district.
In a press release, District Programme Management Unit (DPMU) Mokokchung informed that during the programme, Community Health Officers (CHOs) of AB-HWC imparted awareness to the female members of the community on use and disposal of sanitary products in the proper way.
Challenges with regard to menstrual products, education on menstrual hygiene and period friendly sanitary facilities were also imparted.
The CHOs encouraged the females to break the taboos and end the stigma surrounding menstruation.
Later, sanitary pads were distributed to participants in the health units.
Meanwhile, counsellor, Adolescent Friendly Health Clinic (AFHC) Keviphunu Khatso and her team also visited Artang Government Middle School Mokokchung and provided special counseling session to students and teaching staff. Some students also shared their first period experiences.
Wokha: The medical department organised an awareness programme at Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS) Wokha on the occasion of Menstrual Hygiene Day.
A press release from the office of the chief medical officer (CMO), Wokha informed that during the programme, resource person, medical officer (MO) Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) Wokha, Dr. Thungchanbeni Patton spoke on the importance of having adequate knowledge about menstruation from an early stage.
She encouraged girls not to be confined within the stigma and taboos associated with menstruation but to try and normalise menstruation and keep themselves safe, healthy and happy.
Later, AFC counsellor briefed on services available for adolescents including menstrual disorders and services at District Hospital Wokha.

CHOs along with participants after the programme.

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