Sexual and reproductive health camp for teenagers in Achham


ACHHAM: Teenagers of Achham district were provided an opportunity to discuss issues related to sexual and reproductive health at the first ever health camp assigned for this purpose in the district.

The camp was organised at Chaurmandau Primary Health Centre in Chaurpati Rural Municipality, said Harka Saud, chair of the rural municipality.

The first every sexual and reproductive health camp targeted to benefit the teenagers in the region has proved to be a success. The beneficiaries — who had never been able to dicuss the problems facing them regarding the subject — have for the first time put forth their issues and sought respective solutions from the camp with the help of experts.

Teenagers like Ramita Kunwar and Himal Bohara (names changed) of Chaurpati Rural Municipality, who never spoke about their problems before, are now openly seeking medical attention. For the first time, young women voiced their concerns without being ashamed or judged after they were encouraged to do so at the camp. The health camp also provided psychosocial and psychological counselling to the participants.

A total of 332 people received various kinds of services from the health camp, stated district coordinator of ADRA Nepal, Trishna Dahal.

A team of medical personnel including Dr Ishwar Prasad Upadhyaya and Dr Priyanka Shrestha provided their services at the health camp. However, Dr Upadhyaya said that social barriers still made some hesitant to speak and others were worried about the changes in their bodies, though these were normal changes and nothing to be worried about.

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