Imphal: Social Welfare, Skill, Labour, Employment & Entrepreneurship and Fisheries minister Heikham Dingo Singh along with Health & Family Welfare, Information & Public Relations minister Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh on Wednesday launched Village Health, Sanitation & Nutrition Day at Sanjenbam Khunou Community Hall in Imphal East. 

The programme was organised by the National Health Mission, Manipur under the 100 Days Action Plan of the New Government in celebration of 75 years of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Minister Dingo Singh said that even though the health department will handle the programme, the social welfare department will also play a big role as it is interrelated. The most important part of the programme is to create awareness among the villagers on how to remain healthy from birth till death. He appealed to the locals to understand the importance of the programme and avail of the benefits provided at the venue of the function.

Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh stated that if the schemes taken up by the government for the welfare of the people are not followed properly, it will affect the state’s future generation. He said that nutrition is a much-needed source of a healthy life and one needs to know when and how to consume nutritional diets by pregnant women for the health of both mother and baby. He urged the people especially the women to take care of health as their primary duty.

A booklet on Village Health, Sanitation & Nutrition Day (VHSND) which includes the schedule for VHSNDs was also released at the launching ceremony.

Stalls providing facilities for ante-natal health check-ups, family planning materials, menstrual hygiene, and HIV & Hepatitis testing were opened at the site. Also, stalls for nutritional diets for the pregnant and lactating mothers were open for counselling and demonstration.

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