Social Welfare Minister, Shri Kyrmen Shylla launched the “YouthHealth Festival 2020 under the Rastriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram program 2020” on 20thFebruary, 2020 at Khliehriat West Community Hall, East Jaintia Hills District. The programme under the theme “Building a Platform to Nourish, Empower and Recognized the Potential of Our Young Adolescence for Our Future” was organized by the office of the District Medical and Health Officer, East Jaintia Hills.
The day long programme, started with an awareness programme to educate and sensitized the youth on Mental Health Issues, HIV/ AIDS & Drug Abuse, Food Safety and Food Hygiene and ODF (Open Defecation Free) Sustainability (Swacch Bharat) given by the experts and resource persons from various line departments.
Shri Kyrmen Shylla in his address said that this Adolescent Health Programme focuses on the issues relating to the health and well being of the young people. He informed the gathering that the Health and family welfare department has launched a health programme for adolescence aged 10 to 19 years with the objective to improve nutrition, improve sexual and reproductive health, enhance mental health and substance abuse among other issues.
He hoped that the 5 day youth health festival will enriched the minds of the participants and the stake holders on the benefits and importance of good health.
Earlier in the programme, the Minister handed over mementos to the health officials of the district. Prizes and certificates were also distributed to the winner of the different competitions.