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St Joseph University conducts awareness programme on HIV & AIDS

Nagaland News

Dimapur, February 11: The Red Ribbon Club of St. Joseph University conducted an awareness programme on the theme ‘spread the awareness, end the stigma’ on February 10.
A press release stated that as youth constitutes maximum percentage of infected cases and over 95% of HIV & AIDS cases are caused through unprotected sex, the awareness programme was organised “just four days before Valentine’s Day with an aim to create positive awareness on the minds of the youngsters present”.
Mecievinuo, District Program Officer under District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit of Dimapur, was the resource person.
She covered many crucial areas on HIV & AIDS such as the causes, status, consequences, stigma and the challenges ahead in dealing with the disease, it stated.
She presented an informative PPT including facts and figures about the prevailing HIV & AIDS status in the State. Besides the Red Ribbon Club members of St Joseph University, the awareness programme was attended by many students of UG and PG students.
On the same day, the Red Ribbon club of Livingstone Foundation International College conducted a ‘speech competition and awareness programme’ followed by a ‘voluntary blood donation camp’.
A press release informed that guest of honour, Dr. Nounechutuo Miachieo, a pathologist at Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research (CIHSR), spoke on the importance of blood donation and also encouraged people to spread awareness.
He said that regular blood donation by a sufficient number of healthy people is needed to ensure that blood will always be available.
Lucy, President of Positive Network of People Living with HIV, attended the programme as special guest. She encouraged the students ‘not to discriminate HIV positive’ and cited some ways to prevent HIV.
In speech competition, Dekhingpi Sangtam emerged first, followed by Kevin and Hinoli V Sumi.
After the program, the students headed to District Hospital, Dimapur for blood donation.
(Page News Service)