Two days awareness programmed on HIV and AIDS organized by the district AIDS control society and administration concluded Thursday with a road show on ‘uniting Mon against HIV and AIDS for the public.
On the first day, the participants included high school students, with deputy commissioner Dinesh Kumar (IAS), as chief guest.
DC Mon in his speech said the students being the future of the state and the nation should be aware of the dreaded disease so as to prevent it from spreading further.
He also advised them to dream of good future and work hard in order to achieve the goal. “As society lies in the hands of the students, students should not get involved in anti social activities by using drugs, drinking alcohol, smoking… etc, rather they should involve themselves in social activities and work for the better of the society”, he said.
Meanwhile Dr. Lemnyei while speaking on the ‘present scenario of HIV and AIDS at the global, national and state levels,’ said the actual percent of HIV and AIDS affected persons in Mon district could not be ascertained due to lack of volunteers for testing their blood.
He said that out of 800 persons tested last year, only 38 persons were found to be HIV and AIDS positive.
As per the global research on the growth of HIV and AIDS affected persons, Dr. Lemnyei said with 16000 infections every day, the infection toll would raise up to 45.4 million by 2010.
Awareness and preventive measures on HIV and AIDS was shared by Shashi, from Shansham organisation, Mon.
On the first day, hundreds of students voluntarily tested their blood. On both days, Samuel Konyak, Naga idol finalist 2007 and RASP band, Mon District winner of Nagaland Music Safari performed special numbers, adding spices to the programme, while the evangelical union (EU) Mon performed a skit related to HIV and AIDS, how it is transmitted and how the infected persons are stigmatized by the society. The programme was chaired by Hiazu Neru, SDO (Civil) Sadar, Mon, invocation prayer by president pastors’ union, Mon and vote of thanks by Dr. T. Kikon, chief medical officer, Mon.