Biren launches hygiene scheme

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh launched the Chief Minister’s Menstrual Hygiene Scheme (CMMHS) on Thursday at Wangkhei High School, Imphal East.

Biren also launched the Chief Minister MitkiLayeng (CMML) Scheme and Mobile Ophthalmic Bus.

The programme was organised by the Directorate of Health Services and State Health Society, National Health Mission, Manipur. The programme also included Integration of CMML and National Tuberculosis Elimination Program (NTEP) with Chief Minister’s Health for All.

The state government is giving priority to health and education sector and as such, various schemes have been taken up for the development of the sectors. Education and awareness on menstrual cycle is very important for women and taking care of it helps in healthy development and growth of adolescent girls, the chief minister said.

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“We need to be transparent and not to feel shy in expressing about the menstrual cycle,” he said. He added that not only the medical staff, but also teachers also have an important role in educating girl students on menstrual cycle. He mentioned that the state government would try to cover all the schools of the state with CMMHS soon, he added.

Biren said his government had sent proposal to upgrade the infrastructure of 275 High Schools and 35 Higher Secondary schools under Prime Minister’s development initiative for North East region (PM-DevINE).

The state government started the Chief Minister’s Health for All Scheme to ensure early detection and early treatment of diseases. Door to Door visit by health staff and testing are done under the scheme. So far, more than 800 villages with around 3.5 lakh people have been covered under the scheme, he added.

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He informed that the state Cabinet had taken the decision to focus on women’s power and showcase it to representatives of G-20 countries during their visit in the state. He appealed to the public to support the government initiatives and make Manipur a Model State in the entire country.

Health and Family Welfare minister Dr Sapam Ranjan informed that Chief Minister’s Menstrual Hygiene Scheme will cover all schools soon. Stating on the benefits to be given by Chief Minister’s Mitki Layeng Scheme, he informed that the state had set the target of cataract surgery for 2022-23 as 3000 adding that the state has done around 2850 surgery so far. He also expressed hopefulness that an eye bank will be launched in the state soon.

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During the programme, the chief minister distributed 14 Advanced Life Support (ALS), one each for Kamjong, Tengnoupal, Noney, Pherzawl, Thoubal, Bishnupur, Imphal East, Imphal West, Ukhrul, Senapati, Tamenglong, Churachandpur, Chandel districts and one for Directorate of Health central pool. He also distributed kits for door-to-door campaign for Chief Minister Mitki Layeng Scheme and National Tuberculosis Elimination Program.

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