Punjab to provide Sanitary Napkins ‘Muskaan’ for Adolescent girls at subsidized rate : Satish Chandra

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Chandigarh, 10 January:

            A Regional Review Meeting for 7 States and UT’s regarding the implementation of Rashtriya Kishore Swasthya Karyakarm (RKSK) was organized here today by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. The Regional Review Meeting was hosted by Punjab State, in which the senior health officers of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Utrakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, UT Chandigarh and Delhi, besides Punjab state took part. The workshop was inaugurated by Sh. Satish Chandra, Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Family Welfare & Medical Education Punjab, whereas Dr. Sushma Dureja, Deputy Commissioner, Adolescent Health attended the workshop on behalf of Government of India. Dr. Jaspal Kaur, Director Health Services Punjab, Dr. Avneet Kaur, Director National Health Mission, Punjab, Dr. Sukhdeep Kaur, State Programme Officer (RKSK), Punjab along with the senior officers from the 7 states and UT’s, were present.

        Satish Chandra emphasized that the adolescent age is a key phase in human life, during which human body witnesses many physical, emotional, psychological changes and therefore targeted intervention from health point of view is required for the adolescents. Therefore, Government has started the Adolescent Friendly Health Clinics (AFHC) named as  Umang Clinics dedicated for the need based services for adolescents. He added that 154 Umang Clinics are presently functional across the State. He said that school based approach and community based interventions are also being strengthened to target the health concerns of adolescents. Sh. Satish Chandra also stressed upon the role of convergence with stake holder departments i.e. Education, Social Security etc. On the occasion the Additional Chief Secretary (Health) re-launched the Menstrual Hygiene Scheme (MHS) under National Health Mission for adolescent girls under the brand name “Muskaan’ in the 7 districts of Bathinda, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Faridkot, SAS Nagar, Moga and Muktsar. Under this initiative, the adolescent girls between the age group of 10 to 19 years of age can now avail sanitary napkins at a very subsidized cost. ASHA workers will promote the use and distribution of these sanitary napkins among adolescent girls through Social Marketing.

            Dr. Sushma Dureja, on the occasion informed the details of services and facilities being provided under the adolescent friendly health clinics Umang. She exhorted the health officers from the 7 States and UTs to further strengthen the Adolescent Health services. She further discussed the revised guidelines issued by Government of India regarding the implementation of Rashtrya Kishore Swasthya Karyakarm. Dr. Dureja further reviewed the progress made under the programme by the 7 Regional States and UTs.

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