Dimapur , Dec 23 : There is some news to be cheerful about for all teenage girls in Nagaland as a recent all India survey revealed that teenage girls in Nagaland are healthier, more educated, aspiring and have better access to general facilities, according to agency reports .
But the girls seem to be less tech-savvy as the report also revealed that teenage girls from Nagaland are less proficient in ‘new age’ skills.
Overall, Nagaland was slotted at number six among 28 states covered in the survey. The national survey, ‘Teenage Girls Report (TAG) 2018’ compiled and published by one Naandi Foundation is a comprehensive compilation of survey findings and primary data collected through direct interaction with 74,000 teenage girls in all 30 states of the country.
Chief policy officer of Naandi Foundation, Rohini Mukherjee, in her introductory note at the dissemination workshop on the ‘Teenage Girls Report (TAG) 2018’, organized jointly by Naandi Foundation and HOPARD in Dimapur recently, said that the survey findings have also been used to prepare an index to indicate the status of teenage girls in the country – the Teenage Girls Index or TAG Index, the first of its kind in the country.
Health-wise, teenage females of Nagaland, when compared with the national average, in the 13-19 age-group, 72.2 per cent had normal Body Mass Index against the national average of 46.3 per cent.
In the nutritional aspect, 85.3 per cent in Nagaland were found to be considered normal when compared with the 48.2 per cent average of India.
25 per cent of them were underweight with cases of being overweight and obesity were negligible at 2.5 per cent and 0.2 per cent respectively. Notably, 85.3 per cent of girls from Nagaland showed no signs of Anaemia, while every second teenage girl (national average of 51.8 per cent) was found to have some form of Anaemia nationally. The prevalence of ‘normal haemoglobin’ level was also high at 85.3 per cent against a national average of 48.2 per cent.
In other-related parameters, Nagaland fared well with only 21.1 per cent prevalence of open defecation as against the national 39.8 per cent. On hygienic methods of menstrual protection, Nagaland with 74.2 per cent, sat higher than the national average of 54.5 per cent.
However, other North Eastern states like Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram had higher ratings — 93.2 per cent — and Sikkim at 87.8 per cent. Access to drinking water and electricity were also high in the state. As far as education was concerned, the survey showed that 80.6 per cent teenage girls were currently studying outside their state, while in Nagaland the numbers reached 89.4 per cent. Child and teenage marriage in Nagaland was also almost non-existent with 99.2 per cent responding ‘never married’ to their marital status query. It was 100 per cent in 13-15 age-group while 98.5 per cent in 16-19 year age group. The national average was 95.8 per cent.