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Kohima DC inaugurates Sampoorna Suraksha Kendra


Suggests coordinated effort between Deptt. & adm to fight HIV/AIDS

KOHIMA, SEPTEMBER 19: With a view to roll out implementation of Sampoorna Suraksha Strategy (SSS), Deputy Commissioner, Kohima, today launched the Sampoorna Suraksha Kendra (SSK) at Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre (ICTC) Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK).
Addressing the gathering, DC, Kohima, Shanavas C said HIV/AIDS is still considered taboo and people living with HIV/AIDS are being discriminated against in society.
Maintaining that Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets to remove HIV/AIDS by 2030, he said it is not going to be an easy task as people do not come to avail services because of the prevalent stigmatization.
SSS and SSK are the right approaches to address the issue of High Risk Groups and prevent further spread of HIV/AIDS, he said.
To make the scheme successful, he suggested a coordinated effort between the Medical Department and the District Administration to identify the High Risk Groups and convince them to come forward to avail the services.
The DC also suggested conducting HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns in schools and colleges to overcome stigma and discrimination.
He called for coordinated efforts of the Medical Department, NSACS and Departments of School Education, Higher Education and Technical Education to strategize and approach the educational institutions to create a behavioral change.
Towards this, the DC Kohima assured the support and cooperation of the district administration to coordinate the activities of the Department.
With Nagaland having the second highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate (1.44%) in the country after Mizoram, Kohima has been selected among the 75 Phase-I districts (FY 2021-22) in the country to roll out SSS Implementation on the basis of top HIV positivity ranking, co-infection rates, risk behavior and usage of family planning commodities, informed Project Director of Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS), Dr Akuo Sorhie.
Integrated Counselling and Testing centre (ICTC) NHAK has fulfilled the criteria laid down by National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) to roll out SSS in Nagaland, she said.
SSS is a new ‘Immersion Learning Model’ to identify the best path forward, collect feedback and adapt strategies on the go to reach to the population ‘at risk’ for HIV and STIs under National AIDS Control Organization, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare supported by Global Fund Grant 2021-22.
SSS is an innovative cost-effective approach for HIV prevention among “at risk” populations, to prevent new HIV infections and avert AIDS-related deaths, she said.
At risk population will avail a Comprehensive Package Model of service delivery at SSK, she said adding that the service package includes set of services customized as per clients’ needs, with strong linkages and referrals with other services and social security schemes, rigorous outreach and follow ups with clients, leveraging virtual platforms through various apps and other sources, including but not limited to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) including syphilis, mental health, reproductive and child health, hormone post-surgery services, social security schemes, government welfare services and legal services, etc.
SSS would serve as a hybrid model, integrating physical and virtual services such as social media and other virtual platforms, including PPP models with private providers and other social networking/dating/informational platforms for e-referrals, reinvigorate NACO helpline 1097 to make it attractive to younger populations such as adolescents and youth, as well as populations that have high risk and who prefer anonymity in accessing services, she said.
Under SSS, existing Integrated Counselling and Testing centre (ICTC)/Designated STI/RTI Clinic (DSRC) facilities under National AIDS Control Programme are being re-modelled into Sampoorna Suraksha facilities and will be implemented through the existing NACP facilities i.e., ICTCs or DSRCS, she informed.
Nagaland Users’ Network, a Targeted Intervention NGO under NACO NSACS was appointed as the agency for SSK staff selection and also for supporting the implementation of SSS and provide technical support to the programme, she said.
She said that the vision of SSS is to accelerate the national HIV response by reaching out the population “at risk” for HIV and STIs towards achieving the fast track United Nations 95-95-95 target and reducing the HIV & STI/RTI infection.
These targets would ensure that 95% of people living with HIV know their status, 95% of people who know their status are receiving treatment, and 95% of people on HIV treatment have a suppressed viral load by 2030, she said.
Meanwhile, Dr Sorhie informed that SSK would also be opened in other districts of the State in phased manner.
Mission Director National Health Mission Nagaland, Dr Thorhusie Katiry and Medical Superintendent, NHAK, Dr Sendimeren Aonok exhorted the gathering.
Chaired by Deputy Director (BSD/SSS Nodal Officer) NSACS, Dr M Nukshisangla Jamir, the programme held in the Conference Hall of School of Nursing, NHAK, commenced with prayer by NHAK Chaplain Vikepu Tepa while Joint Director Targeted Intervention NSACS Dr Bernice Thaprü tendered the vote of thanks.
(Page News Service)