A state level consultation for Adolescent Programming in Assam was organized on Friday at the Assam Administrative Staff College in Khanapara of Guwahati.
The programme was jointly organized by the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR), State Innovation and Transformation Aayog (SITA), Assam, National Health Mission (NHM), Assam and Foundation for Integrated Support and Solution (FISS) and supported by UNICEF Assam.
Dipok Kumar Barthakur, vice chairman, SITA, attended the programme as the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, he stressed on the scheme of ‘Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram’ which was started by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India which was launched for the development and strengthening of child health and protection of adolescents.
He said that the model framework prepared for the implementation of RKSK programme at Dhubri district in Assam will initiate good health practice among the adolescents as well as for the community. If successfully implemented, he said that the model can be used for other inspirational districts as well.
Others who spoke in the programme were Dr Sunita Changkakati, chairperson, ASCPCR, Jishnu Barua, additional chief secretary, Government of Assam who delivered the keynote address, Dr Tushar Rane, Chief of UNICEF, Assam, Preetom Saikia, commissioner and secretary to Government of Assam, Shamsher Singh, mission director, SSA, J V N Subramanyam, mission director, NHM Assam, Hemen Das, secretary, Social Welfare Department, Assam.
The participants were joint director of Health Services, additional CM & HO, DPM, NHM, DCM, NHM, district coordinator, RKSK, district social welfare officer, district child protection officer, district executive engineer, PHED from Kokrajhar, Nagaon, Goalpara, Golaghat, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Dhubri districts.
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) adopted Learning or Laboratory districts approach under Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) from which good and replicable practices would be demonstrated and the most successful model would be upscaled in other districts of the country as well. Dhubri district in Assam is one among the ten Lab districts in the country selected for the RKSK programme.