Dimapur, October 27: Kripa Foundation Nagaland has expressed deep concern over the closure of Nagaland’s Legislative Forum on AIDS (NLFA), when the state needed political leadership to address health concerns.
It said Nagaland state predominantly has a higher rate of HIV, substance use and abuse, viral hepatitis, cancer, mental health and sexual reproductive health problems, than the national average.
Stating that the number of new HIV infections is increasing in Nagaland, a press release issued by Abou Mere, Director, Kripa Foundation said Nagaland required an urgent action with political leadership to accelerate and scale up the response against HIV and other health issues.
The elected legislators, political leadership is very crucial to take forward health (HIV) policies for ensuring the welfare of our citizens, and take measures for realisation of the right to health for its citizens, it said adding, “achieving Naga political solution and bringing development into our state shall be meaningless, if our people succumb due to various health concerns and complications, which is preventable, manageable or treatable.”
The Kripa Foundation Nagaland call upon Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio and all the elected legislators and to continue with NLFA significant work in response to HIV and also expand its scope of work with new able staffs to facilitate in health sector to uphold the welfare of people. (Page News Service)