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Integrated Health Campaign launched at Chumoukedima, Niuland

Integrated Health Campaign

Dimapur, May 22: With the objective for providing free health services catering to at risk population in priority districts, Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) launched the Integrated Health Campaign at DC’s Office, Chumoukedima on May 22.
ADC Chumoukedima, Dr. Kuzonyi Wideo, speaking at the launching program, stated that Chumoukedima, being a new district, needs institutional based setup of CMO Office so that whatever implementation can be carry out in a better way.
He requested civil societies, NGOs, tribal councils to disseminate the information to the local people and create awareness campaign, as most of the people are unaware of the facilities. He also assured that the district administration will extend a helping hand in every possible way for the smooth implementation of the campaign.
During his keynote address, Project Director of NSACS, Dr. Ahu Sekhose, pointed that the campaign is a tailor-made strategy for all the States in India but basically targeted in Northeast.
By 2026, the department intends to achieve the goal on three categories- 1st 95 will be targeted on the facilitation of all the positive people to know their status, second 95 based on to put under treatment of positive cases, third 95 is to achieve suppress viral growth under control, Dr. Sekhose added.
Deputy Director of STI & Nodal Officer, IHC, NSACS, Dr. Zaiwang during her presentation on IHC highlighted the Chumoukedima district profile, where the total population of the District is 1,54,410; Alive and on ART as of March 2024 was 1,861; Chumoukedima Sadar is 1,738, Medziphema Block 74, Dhansiripar Block 49. Total number of people tested for HIV from April 2023-March 2024 is 17,162, General client is 14,783, ANC 2,379.
She informed that the total number of people tested positive from April 2023-March 2024 is 168. As of NACO, General clients is 160 (1.1%), ANC 8(0.3%). While, total Syphilis case detected in (2023-24) is 181/3 (1.7%), total Targeted Intervention 3(IDUS), total HRG’s tested for HIV From April 2023-March 2024 is 1180, total HRG’s tested positive From April 2023-March 2024 is 3(0.3%).
She further highlighted the mode of implementation based on two mode-target population and how to reach. Key high risk groups (HRGs) and other at risk and vulnerable population who are into high risk injecting practices, high risk sexual behaviour or part of high risk sexual/injecting networks etc. are based on target population, she added. While, Integrated Health Camps at various camp sites/ villages to reach-out to the larger general population with a Comprehensive Service Package to avoid any stigma and discrimination will be organised.
Further, highlighted on overview of the upcoming camps- total number of sites identified based on the positivity rate as well as prevalence of vulnerable population in the district is 59; total camp planned to be conducted is 23 camps; extended camp is 21; main/static camp is 2 and timeline of the camp is May 22 to June 26.
Niuland: Deputy Commissioner of Niuland, Sara S Jamir launched the Integrated Health Campaign held at DC’s conference hall, Niuland on May 22.
The Deputy Commissioner stated that Niuland being a newly created district, it still does not have a District Hospital and requested the stakeholders, specially medical officials, to reach out to the unreached pockets of the district, only then the objective of the campaign will be successful.
In regard to HIV/AIDS & TB problems, Jamir said stigma and discrimination is more harmful than the disease and urged the concern department to conduct intensive awareness camp in the district.
Project Director of NSACS, Dr. Ahu Sekhose, delivered the keynote address while Deputy Director of STI & Nodal Officer IHC, NSACS, Dr. Zaiwang gave a presentation on IHC. (Page News Service)