Meghalaya: Awareness campaign launched to prevent diarrhoeal deaths in West Khasi Hills



The Office of the District Medical and Health Officer, (DM&HO) West Khasi Hills, in collaboration with the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, West Khasi Hills, has launched the Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) and National Newborn Week 2020 on November 16, 2020.

Deputy Commissioner, T. Lyngwa stressed on the importance of Maternal and Child Health and has mentioned that one of the diseases contributing to child deaths are Diarrhoea and Pneumonia, which could be easily averted if proper care is taken by the parents and if ASHAs could inform and educate parents on how to provide care to the children and newborn at the community level and not delay treatment when required.

The programme was also attended by Dr R. Laloo, Jr. Specialist, Dr W. Sutnga, Jr. Specialist, ASHAs, parents and staff of the District Medical and Health Officer.

He also reiterated that most of the Maternal and Newborn deaths happen due to unsafe home deliveries.

Dr W. Langbang, a Paediatrician from Nongstoin Civil Hospital, also spoke on the occasion, reminding that personal hygiene can also help in controlling the prevalence of diarrhoea or spread of any infections.

District Programme Officer ICDS, B. Nengnong, also gave a brief talk on the importance of community participation along with the ASHAs and AWWs in tackling any health-related issues.

(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)