HIV & AIDS still a major challenge in Nagaland: Temjen Toy

HIV & AIDS still a major challenge in Nagaland: Temjen Toy
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Dimapur, March 29: HIV/AIDS training modules for Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) and the Faith Based Organization (FBO) was held today at Kohima.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy, IAS stated that the issue of HIV & AIDS was more about creating awareness, sensitizing and stigmatization.
The issues on HIV & AIDS remain the same and only the focus changes with the coming of new challenges, he added.
Earlier the concentration was more on high risk group or targeted intervention groups like truck drivers, FSWs and police etc., Toy said, urging the organizations like NSACS, KRIPA and others actively involved in the issue to focus more on vulnerable groups besides the high risk groups.
He lamented the lack of behavioral and habitual changes despite modernization and liberalization, which has made everyone aware of HIV & AIDS. He stressed on addressing the issue on college and school going groups, and sensitize them to bring about behavioral changes in them.
Acknowledging that HIV & AIDS is still a major challenge, Toy expressed happiness over the continuing efforts to combat the same. He urged the people involved in the issue to choose their focus well and take informed decision.
He also expressed happiness of the steps taken by the Police department on the issue. With the support of the church and law enforcement agencies the issue can be taken forward in a more effective way, he added.
DGP, Nagaland, Rupin Sharma exhorting the participants said police family constitute a huge component of the State and maintained keeping the police force and law enforcing agencies safe from the maniac as important.
In tackling AIDS the police has two roles to play he said, one is to play the role of a consumer of the training module, and the other is the role of a facilitator. Lamenting that people suffering from AIDS are still discriminated, he called on the law enforcing agency to protect and keep them safe.
TOT training programme should be strengthened Sharma suggested, maintaining that more people can be trained to help combat AIDS through the programme.
He also suggested a structured lesson for students in school as the same will act as a good catchment area to join hands and teach children the bad effects of AIDS. School can act as a good place to teach and inculcate in children the good habits and attitudes towards a person suffering from AIDS, he added. He assured full support and cooperation for the training module.
The church has for long looked upon the pandemic as a malady of God’s judgment upon sinful humankind, and therefore detached from addressing the issue, said Rev. Dr. Mechiehol Savi in his speech.
He, however, pointed that the church lately has taken the responsibility to educate the people in different forms, committing itself to the important role of containing the disease.
Director, Kripa Foundation, Abou Mere in his opening remark apprised that Kripa Foundation has contracted consultant working on training module on HIV & AIDS for Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) and training module on HIV & AIDS for the Faith Based Organization (FBO) aimed at empowering police and church workers in the collective response to HIV/AIDS, and ensure the universal access and protection of human rights besides eliminating stigma and discrimination.
He expressed confidence that the training module will help in understanding the AIDS epidemic and develop an appropriate response to tackle the challenges. Vikholie Yiese chaired the programme. Rev. Dr. Mechiehol Savi, said the invocation prayer. FBO Consultant, Vinito Chishi and LEA Consultant, Dr. Sashimeren delivered short speeches on the ‘Background of the Training Module.’ Project Director, NSACS, Dr. Nangshimeren highlighted the objective of the training module. Earlier Chief Secretary, Temjen toy, IAS, released the book on the Training Module for FBO and LEA. (Page News Service)