Community efforts vital in ensuring rural health
Dimapur, October 30
Communitization of health programs especially in the rural areas has brought dividends to the rural populations in the state. However, unless the community sustains its efforts, the concept of communitization cannot move forward, nor can it be sustained, villagers in Tuensang were told recently.
The District Health Society of Tuensang district held a conference on communitization in the CKS hall, on October 24. During the event, the Chief medical officer of Tuensang district, Dr. T Pangjung Sangtam, urged the participants to contribute to the growth of health of the local community and ensure ‘sustainable healthcare.’ The medical officer appealed to them to take responsibilities ‘in order to provide best health service delivery in their respective health units’ in the area. Chairmen and secretaries from 39 sub-centers and various blocks attended the conference.
As part of the event, the organizers gave away prizes to the best performing community health centers of the area. The first prize went to Chendang village sub-center; the second prize went to Sangphur village sub-center while the third prize was bagged by Wui sub-center. The village health committees also received cash awards and certificates.
SDO (civil) of Tuensang, Dr. Manazir Jeelani Samoon, was the chief guest of the conference. The administrator addressed the gathering and spoke on the topic of communitization. He said community efforts in delivering primary healthcare were ‘very important.’ For this, he told the gathering, the community must sustain their efforts to avail the best benefits of the communitization program.
If community efforts are not sustained, Dr. Manazir Jeelani Samoon told the gathering, the primary health care will never succeed .He also encouraged all the health service workers to dedicate themselves to the task of securing the health and wellbeing of the community. They must render their services to providing primary healthcare at the grass root level, the official told the gathering.
Some highlights of the conference were a number of presentations given by various representatives of health programs, as well as reports on achievements and targets they achieved or set.