Dimapur, December 3: Along with the rest of the world, District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit, Mon in collaboration with TI, NNP+, Aboi with support from NSACS and Project AHANA observed the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day at
KNSK Hall, Aboi under the theme ‘Know Your Status’ on December 1.
Briefing on the significance of the day, Longyim Tzudir, DPO, DAPCU said that since 1988, 1st December is observed as World AIDS Day every year which serve as an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illness. He said this year World AIDS Day’s theme focuses on raising awareness about the importance of knowing one’s status and calling for the removal of all barriers to accessing HIV testing and urged everyone to come forward to get tested for HIV which is voluntary and free of cost at Government hospitals.
A silent moment was observed as a sign of paying tribute to those who lost their lives to HIV on the occasion.
Dr Ajit Kumar, SMO, CHC Aboi shared the basics about HIV and the advantage of timely access to care and treatment services, while Shongmet K, President, KNSK, Aboi Unit in her short speech urged all to lend their unconditional love, respect, help and support to PLHIV community and assured that they are always there to extend support in every possible ways they can.
Voluntary testing for HIV, STI and Blood grouping was conducted by Mobile ICTC and CHC team after the formal session.
Along with the rest of the world, the 30th World Aids Day was observed at District Hospital Conference Hall on December 1, on the theme “Know Your Status”. The programme was organized by District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit, Kiphire in collaboration with Nagaland Health Project.
The event was graced by Longdiba L Sangtam, SDO (C) who emphasized on the day to show respect and solidarity to the people living with HIV/AIDS and also a time of mourning for the victims of this dreaded disease besides creating more awareness among the people.
It is the duty of the younger generation to spread awareness to others including our parents who are more ignorant than us, he added.
Citing an example of anti-social activities existing in our society as the main factor of spreading the disease, he questioned the participants “whether we realise our own behaviour affecting the society in general to contain the disease.”
Dr. Tinurenla Anichari, Deputy CMO gave the welcome address and added that Kiphire tagging as an Aspirational District was to be taken as a challenge, which would have greater impact and encouraged the citizens not to get carried away by the negative aspect of HIV/AIDS.
She emphasized on spreading of awareness, show love and kindness to people living with HIV/AIDS and to ensure right messages.
In keynote address, Tsiatsivi, DPO (DAPCU), briefly highlighted about HIV/AIDS and encouraged the citizens to cultivate health seeking behaviour to be free from such endemic disease. ‘We should be the first person to spread awareness’, she added.
One of the participants (PLHIV+) voluntarily shared his experiences and encouraged the gathering to be mentally positive enough to expose one’s own status in preventing further escalation of the disease in the district. He also said, one should take the right step to declare HIV positive statuses if infected in order to prolong life and to save our dear and love ones.
As part of World Aids Day observation, painting competition of HIV/AIDS awareness among the school students in 4 sites under NHP was conducted and an essay competition among the Hr. Secondary students on the theme ‘Know Your Status’ were conducted simultaneously.
Out of the 28 participants for the essay competition, the award winners were Yangthingba, Loyola Hr. Sec. School, Priyanka Gupta, Zisaji Presidency College and Dotsala, Zisaji Presidency College as first, second and third respectively.
Consolation prizes were awarded to Easter, Loyola Hr. Sec. School and Azila H Sangtam, Zisaji Presidency College followed by HIV screening of the participants.
Along with the rest of the country, Tuensang District observed World AIDS Day on December 1. The programme was organised by the District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit (DAPCU), Network of Tuensang PLHIV (NTDP+) in collaboration with District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) and AHANA (NCPI+) on the theme “Know your Status” at Chang Khulei Setchang (CKS) Hall, Tuensang Town.
SDO (Civil) Tuensang, Ajit Kumar Verma IAS who was the guest speaker stated that the department alone cannot control or prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and called upon church leaders, NGOs and all people of the area to take initiatives along with the department to disseminate awareness for the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
During the programme, a briefing on the District scenario was given by Programme Officer for (NETSU/NACO), Imsu Pongen. Legal Aid Services for PLHIV by Panel Lawyer, Soteth Anar spoke on the basic rights and shared words of encouragement. President (NTDP+), Tiuanu was also one of the speakers.
A special number was presented by Gabriel Chitei while vote of thanks was shared by Field Officer (Project AHANA), Ahoshe.
The programme was attended by CMO and staff, DAPCU staff, Panel Lawyer, Church leaders, students and PLHIV.
(Page News Service)