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State observes World AIDS Day

Correspondent/Staff Reporter KOHIMA, DEC 1 (NPN)
Published on 2 Dec. 2012 1:19 AM IST
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Along with the rest of the world, Nagaland observed “World AIDS Day” in different parts of the districts on the theme “Getting to Zero: Working together for an AIDS free generation.”

In Kohima MLA and chairman Dr. Nicky Kire speaking as chief guest revealed that there were 34 million people having HIV and AIDS out of which 3.4 million (10%) were below 15 years of age and since the spread of the epidemic HIV and AIDS almost 30 million has already died.
He also said Nagaland was still one of the six high prevalence state in India but happy that it has come down and with the 2011-15 theme “getting to zero”,

He acknowledged for the declined rate in Nagaland adding that the report of NSACS in the state were almost 14, 000 and believed that there will be more people who must be inside the shell of the threat disease and appealed everyone’s participation and work towards decreasing the disease in Nagaland.

DIMAPUR: Dimapur Saturday observed World AIDS day at IMC hall on the theme “Getting to Zero: Working together for an AIDS Free Generation” with SDO (C), Dimapur, Moa Sangtam, as the chief guest and Dirang Lungalang, pastor, Christ Community Church, Chumukedima, as the guest of honour.

Speaking on the occasion, Moa pointed out since 1988 the world has been observing the day on December 1 to remind people that HIV&AIDS was still prevalent in the society.

Stating that ignorance and prejudice were fuelling the spread of the virus, Moa said that the day was an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV&AIDS and end prejudice.

Citing latest UNAIDS reports that 50 percent reduction in the rate of new HIV infections has been achieved in 25 low and middle income countries between 2001 and 2011, Moa lamented that still more than 34 million people worldwide were affected by HIV&AIDS. According to the data, out of 34 million, 2.5 million were estimated to have been newly infected in 2011 alone.

Stating that only  NGOs would not be able to eradicate HIV&AIDS, Moa said it was the need of the hour to voice and show concern from every quarter and lend support to organizations working to eradicate HIV and AIDS.

Asking all to pay tribute to the 30 million people who has lost lives to AIDS and those 34 million people living with HIV across the globe, Dirang Lungalang, said December 1 was an opportunity to reflect God’s call to lift up the dignity and value of each person. He said the Church must initiate through prayers and speak out to eliminate the stigma and discrimination against those living under the scourge of HIV&AIDS by caring for those afflicted by the virus in our own communities and also advocating strong government support of life saving programmes.

Earlier, the programme was chaired by Young’s Club, Dimapur president Jenpu Rongmei. An invocation prayer was led by Rev. Teyong Kichu while welcome address was delivered by DACO cum deputy CMO, Dimapur Dr. Ritu Thurr.

The significance of the day was highlighted by CMO, Dimapur Dr. Sukhato A. Sema. A presentation was made by the chairman of the programme, special number presented by After Care Centre (Prodigals Home), DNP+ concern was shared by Lamkholun, vice-president, DNP+ while the vote of thanks was proposed by Tiasenla Longkumer who was the  programme coordinator of DNP+.
TUENSANG: World AIDS day under the theme ‘ getting to Zero’ was held here at  government higher secondary school  auditorium Tuensang  on Saturday  with  SDO Civil  Tuensang Imsenpirong as the resource person.  Speaking on the occasion, Imsenpirong emphasized the gathering to create awareness and disseminate to the people  on HIV and AIDS for the  betterment of the society.
He also urged upon the people not to discriminate the people who are  suffering from such disease but rather show the love and compassion. Earlier, the programme was chaired by Dr. Thanghoi Lam deputy CMO & DACO Tuensang while invocation was pronounced by David Lam Programme Coordinator Ke- Lomei DIC Tuensang.  District scenario and significance of the day was delivered by K. Lanutoshi District ICTC Supervisor DAPCU Tuensang while positive speaker was spoke by Trongsomong DLN.

Wokha: Wokha Network for People living with HIVandAIDS (WNP+), District AIDS Prevention Control Unit (DAPCU), and AGAPE, Wokha, observed World AIDS Day with the rest of the world on December 1 at DC conference hall, Saturday.

Susan Lotha, in-charge, Project Orchid, Wokha, who was the theme speaker spoke on the theme ‘Getting to Zero’ and the importance of observing the day and while also encouraging safe sex as a means of preventing HIV and AIDS, Susan also highlighted the facilities available in the state and the district for prevention of the same.An outreach worker from WNP+ shared his personal history to the gathering which comprised of youth, church workers, NGOs, and people affected with HIVandAIDS.

DAPCU district supervisor, Moa Ao, also spoke on the HIVandAIDS scenario of Wokha district.
Earlier, Centre for Youth Social Action (CYSA) president, Robin Lotha, offered invocation while Stephen Mozhui presented a special number at the World AIDS Day observance function chaired by WNP+ coordinator Michael Ezung.

31AR: 31 Assam Rifles celebrated World AIDS day at Mokokchung in conjunction with Care and Support Society, Mokokchung.
Awareness lectures and speech on AIDS and de-addiction were organised as part of the functions. The speech and lectures created awareness and troops pledged to follow the guidelines to achieve the theme “Getting to Zero”.

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