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Nagaland observes World AIDS Day

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State Govt. complacent towards HIV/AIDS issues: Abou Mere

KOHIMA, DECEMBER 1: President of NNagaDAO Abou Mere today reminded the people of the State that virus does not discriminate any age group, while referring to the alarming cases of HIV/AIDS in Nagaland.
Speaking at the World AIDS Day observed on the theme, “Equalize”, jointly organized by Nagaland AIDS Control Society and Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) at Hotel Japfu, Mere was also critical about the State Government’s complacency towards the issue of HIV/AIDS.
He claimed that the Government has not spared even those health peer educators from NGOs, who are barely earning Rs 3000 as salary, by imposing professional tax on them.
He called upon the stakeholders to collaborate in the battle against HIV/AIDs.
Earlier, he recounted how the stigma against HIV infected people rose to the peak in 1990 and said many families tested positive then.
Dwelling on the response of the Church towards HIV, Dr Ruokuovilie Sachu, General Secretary, Kohima Baptist Pastors Fellowship, stressed on the need to educate youngsters, including children, to bring changes. He further emphasized on sensitization of children on HIV/AIDS in Sunday Schools.
On the role of media in the fight against HIV/AIDS, president of Kohima Press Club, Alice Yhoshü informed that media has been playing a significant role in educating the masses about the dreaded disease and has been a part of many awareness campaigns.
She said Nagaland journalists were significantly involved in campaigns as they not only reported news but also actively participated in these campaigns themselves.
Stating that the authorities used to organized educative workshops and seminars for the media, Yhoshü lamented that in the recent years, such activities are seldom held and there are fewer awareness campaigns.
Yhoshu expressed hope that partnership between the NSACS, international development partners, NGOs, key population and the media needs to be strengthened and taken forward. She said journalists may ask difficult questions at times, particularly when it comes to data and funds but tough questions do not mean they are being negative, rather they are meant to keep the system alert in the fight to end HIV.
Kethosezo Tetso, from Kohima Law College (RRC member) stressed on more awareness, counselling and support service towards sensitising the youth on matters pertaining to HIV/AIDS.
Nchumbemo Mozhui, legal consultant, Health and Family Welfare, stressed on the importance of HIV/AIDS (Prevention & Control) Act 2017 as a powerful tool to defend infected people against stigma and discrimination among others from the society.
Lanu Aier, who has been living with HIV for 25 years, also spoke on the occasion.
On the occasion, Dr.Thorhusie Katiry, Mission Director, NHM Nagaland, launched the “U=U” (Undetectable = Untransmittable) posters. Dr. Akuo Sorhie, Project Drector, NSACS, Dr. Sudhir Chawla, Public Health Specialist, CDC India, New Delhi, Vincent Belho among others also spoke during the programme.
Earlier, S Pangyu Phom, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, flagged off a cycle rally commemorating the occasion.
(Page News Service)