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ARK Foundation conducts programme on HIV, TB & Substance Abuse

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Dimapur, February 10: ARK Foundation, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Family Welfare/NHM and in partnership with D Block Panchayat Kohima, conducted a programme on HIV, TB and substance abuse on February 10.
A press release informed that Shanchobeni, Program Coordinator at ARK Foundation, highlighted the need for collaborative efforts and also the gravity of various diseases.
She apprised the audience about the “TB elimination 2025” strategic plan as part of the National TB Elimination Program (NTEP).
Dr. Vezokholü Theyo, State TB officer, NTEP/NHM, explained the signs and symptoms of TB, the treatment process and facilities available at various government hospitals, including PHC and in CHC.
She also encouraged the participants to avail the various schemes available under the TB Programme as well as Ayushman Bharat Mission Scheme and CMHIS.
Sentimongla, DPO at DAPCU, facilitated the session on the basics of HIV AIDS, and STI. She emphasised the nature of the virus and the four major routes of transmission: sharing of infected needle/syringe, unprotected sex, parents to child, and through infected blood transfusion.
She also highlighted the importance of early ART treatment and adherence while also speaking about the precautionary measures which needs to be practiced that includes abstinence from sex before marriage, being faithful and correct, consistent use of condoms.
On the topic of STI, she mentioned about the signs and symptoms which commonly occurs in the genital areas. It may result in pain while urination, sex, and irritation/infection in the infected area, and that any untreated STIs may further result in more complication or sometimes even loss of fertility, as per the case. In conclusion she mentioned about the various HIV/STI treatment facilities that are made freely available through the various government health centers.
Considering the resurgence of addiction among the present generation and the need for an urgent redress, Ketho Angami, President of ARK Foundation, laid out the harmful effects of substance abuse.
In his address, he cited that alcohol also is a drug which causes severe health, social and psychological complications. And that alcohol usage should be regarded as a serious health threat.
Further addressing the audience, he touched upon sunflower (drugs) addiction among the youths. He therefore urged the present generation to make healthy choices by staying away from drugs.
He lamented the wide availability of gateway drugs such as dendrite, ganja, tobacco and nicotine products etc., and as to how the use of such substances had become quite common among the adolescence. H e cautioned the participants that the use of such gateway drugs serves as a springboard to further get into the habit of harder drugs use.
(Page News Service)

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