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Consultative meet deliberates on funds, ration cards for PLHAS

Minster for health and family welfare and convener of legislative forum on AIDS, Kuzholuzo Nienu addressing the consultative meeting with PLHA, Thursday, Dimapur. Seen at the background are KL Chishi, MLA and Moangwati Aier, DC, Dimapur. (NP)
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Published on 31 Oct. 2008 1:01 AM IST
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Minster for health and family welfare and convener of legislative forum on AIDS, Kuzholuzo Nienu Thursday assured to take up matters pertaining to reservation of funds under CM corpus fund for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHAS) soon after approaching the chief minister. He was speaking as chief guest at a one-day consultative meeting with PLHAS organised by legislators' Forum on AIDS. Quite dismayed by the attendance where only 20 out of 7000 PLHAS in the state attended the consultative meeting, minister said "if you do not approach how can we reach you?, during such meeting as these, you need to know how many funds are pumped for you and which political leaders are helping you out". Taking serious note of the fact that Nagaland which is rated 6th highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in India, minister said it was easier for the whole population of Nagaland to be wiped out if the spread of AIDS was not controlled and for which committed bureaucrats and political support was greatly needed. During interaction with political leaders and bureaucrats, members of PLHAS expressed their grievance relating to lack of financial assistance and nutritious food, irregular payment of salaries, position of a widow, need for vocational training and setting up information cell. The minister while encouraging PLHAS for highlighting their views announced that a follow-up meeting with all PLHAS in the state including NGOs and legislative forum on AIDS would be organised on November soon. Agendas of the meeting would be to create awareness on HIV/AIDS and various funds sanctioned by government and other sources. Expressing deep compassion to the PLHAS, district commissioner Maongwati Aier encouraged them to have faith and to "touch the Lord" so that they would gain confidence from Him. Also raising serious issue on the prevalence of AIDS, MLA K.L Chishi, who also spoke at the meeting, said "understanding one's responsibility" was the way of stopping the spread of AIDS in the state. He also underlined the need for medical supervision while injecting a syringe and disposing it off by burning in a machine specially meant for destroying used syringe-greatly used in other parts of the state. He urged the PLHAS to approach doctors for medical advice. Earlier, keynote address was delivered by State Coordinator LFA/UNAIDS Dr.Vinito L.Chishi and invocation was peonounced by Rev. Fr. Chacko Holy Cross Parish. Others who attended the meting included Medical superintendent DHD, Dr. Sukhato A. Sema , Chairman N-Naga- DAO, W.C Humtsoe and President of positive people foundation, Abemo.

 
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