With the objective to promote access to care, support and treatment service and to address stigma and discrimination faced by People Living with HIV (PLHIV) including the marginalized groups in Dimapur, representatives of 19 NGOs, Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC), medical department, police department and social welfare department Friday came together to bring about a concrete solution to the issue.
The consultative meeting with Dimapur stakeholders held at tourist lodge, deliberated on the need to provide sustenance through employment to PLHIV. Addressing the meet, district medical superintendent, Dr. Sukhato suggested that NGOs should make an investment and utilise the 60 lakhs rupees that was donated by 60 MLAs.
Every year MLAs donate rupees one lakh each towards Nagaland Legislative Forum for HIV and AIDS programme and therefore if the funds were utilised to launch projects such as opening a printing press or hotels to provide sustenance through employment for PLHIV, many would be able to stand on their feet, said the district medical superintendent.
The meeting also discussed on various ways and means on how to strengthen campaign on HIV and AIDS, to which DMC member Lipok also in-charge of advertisement section, assured to assist NGOs and other healthcare services to provide advertisement services free of cost.
Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre in-charge, Dr. Temsu said the medical department was being very alert and that the network with NGOs has been strengthened over the years, for which he called upon NGOs for more coordination with medical department, to do away with formalities and to seek medical treatment available for free.
Besides other points, the need for joint coordination between police, medical department and DMC was highlighted.
The meeting was chaired by programme manager NNP+, Longyim and president of NNP+, Chongtie as resource person.
Attended by over 50 representatives of various organisations, the consultative meeting was organised by Dimapur Network for People Living with HIV and AIDS (DNP+) in collaboration with Naga Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS.
Meanwhile, organisers have said that with the consultative meeting, awareness on health care providers would be created, PLHIV would be able to know the existing services within the care settings, partnership of DNP+ with government officials and various stakeholders would be strengthened and level of stigma and discrimination within the health care settings would be reduced.