Dimapur, November 29: The Network of Nagaland NGOs on Drugs and AIDS Organisation (NNagaDAO), on behalf of 48 NGOs and CBOs working on Drugs and HIV and AIDS in the state has called upon all elected legislators and sought the matured political leadership towards addressing health concerns to save precious lives and protect the vulnerable populations of the state.
In a representation to the Speaker, Nagaland Legislative Assembly, the NNagaDAO stated that Nagaland state continues to remain as one of the highest prevalence rate of communicable disease such as HIV, Viral Hepatitis, TB and other non communicable disease like Cancer, Mental Health and sexual reproductive health predominantly among the adolescents.
It said this is a matter of public health concern that requires urgent intervention and redressal.
In this given scenario, with the unfortunate disbandment of the Legislative Forum on HIV&AIDS (LFA), the situation paints a worrisome state which could result due to lack of political guidance, leadership and engagement by the esteem elected members of the Legislative Assembly, it observed.
Stating that public health issues and problems have increasingly shown an adverse impact upon the health of the people in Nagaland, the organizations said the state requires an urgent action with political leadership to accelerate and scale up the response on health issues.
The elected legislators, political leadership are very crucial to take forward health policies keeping vulnerable communities at the centre and ensuring the welfare of our citizens, it added.
The NNagaDAO said having gained much learnings from the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) experience to the importance of demonstrating political leadership, formulating guidance, monitoring and evaluating the Covid-19 and its response, it is critically important that such greater involvement of the members of the state Assembly towards such health issues be transferred towards HIV & AIDS and beyond. (Page News Service)