Street plays on ‘adolescent reproductive & sexual health’
Under the aegis of National Health Mission, along with District Health Society, Kohima, department of Health & Family Welfare conducted an Adolescent Reproductive & Sexual Health (ARSH) on May 27, at Chandmari colony ward No-12 & WN-13 and Jalukie.
Chandmari colony Kohima: The adolescent club members carried out IEC activity in the form of “street play” to educate and create awareness amongst adolescence group.
The programme was chaired by media officer Kungcham Dailiam, with words of encouragement to adolescent members before the play.
Dy MEIO took the technical part by imparting health talk on ARSH. She informed on what an adolescent health was and sensitized the participants.
Speaking on the importance of Weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplement (WIFS), she imparted on anaemia problems, dangers of early pregnancy, hygienic issues to inculcate a healthy fitness life style amongst the students. She also mentioned on the ‘adolescents’, guide on abstinence, which was a good way to protect oneself from risk pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
Street play on topic “danger of early pregnancy” was acted at Chandmari ward No-13 street in collaboration with IEC Bureau activities on NCD. Adolescents also acted on the topic “Menstrual Hygiene” at Ward No-12 during a medical camp from Urban Primary Health Centre.
Jalukie: Likewise the District Health Society, Chief Medical Office Peren along with the Adolescent Club and District IEC Personnels conducted street plays on “teenage pregnancy and early marriage” on May 27 at Jalukie.
State team from the directorate of Health & Family Welfare, IEC Bureau led by health education and training officer, Supongla and her team and program coordinator NCD, Abeni attended the plays for monitoring and supervision.
The Street play aims on educating and creating awareness on the issues, its causes and risk factors and its consequences.
The plays were conducted in Christian High School, Jalukie Town, Baptist High School Samzuiram Village and in main town.
Health talks were also given by IEC personnel to create more intensive awareness.
Questionnaire on teenage pregnancy was also distributed to assess the impact of the plays and whether awareness was effective.