Dimapur, October 16:Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Himato Zhimomi today disclosed that 20,000 plus HIV+ve cases have been recorded in the state, but unfortunately only 7000 or so are availing ART and ARV drugs.
Speaking at the introductory session of the State Consultation on HIV & AIDS (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017 for finalization of State Specific Rule at Kohima today, Zhimomi expressed the need to find out why people are not availing treatment.
“If there is something lacking from the side of Government please come forward today, it is the perfect time for you to point out what is lacking with NACO or NSACS so that we can ensure 100% voluntary compliance from the affected people,” he said.
He said more than 90% HIV transmission is through the sexual route which is specific to our State, and added that if the disease is passed on knowingly then it has to be looked into.
He pointed out that the workshop has to come out with some measures even following the realm of the moral sphere and on how to ensure that we have an HIV free society in the next 10 years.
It is alarming that HIV prevalence is very high, speaking to the Network of Naga People living with HIV/AIDS, Himato said, “Any one of us could be afflicted we understand that, and we want you to be equal partners in our State, come forward and seek treatment and also claim your rightful rights this is what the HIV Act is about.”
Consultant (IEC & Mainstreaming), NACO, Garima Sharma highlighted the HIV (Prevention & Control) Act, 2017. The topics she presented were disclosure of HIV status, ART and opportunistic management for people living with HIV, welfare measures by the Central and State governments, appointment of ombudsmen etc.
Member Secretary, Nagaland State Legal Services Authority, Mezivolu T Therie said the programme has been organized bringing all the stakeholders together to understand the importance of the Act and work more cohesively towards prevention and control of HIV and AIDS and for the protection of human rights of the positive an affected people.
Therie mentioned that NSLSA is committed to give its full support in prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and also in protecting the rights of the victims. She said to make all works possible and successful participation of village institution, educational institutions, churches and local bodies in Nagaland is necessary.
Representatives from NBCC, NMA, NSF, government departments, district administration and other NGOs attended the Workshop. Project Director, NSACS, Dr. Ngangshimeren gave the Welcome Address.
The workshop was organized by NSACS in collaboration with NACO, FHI360 and KRIPA Foundation. (Page News Service)