The Rengma Mothers Association and Kekhrie Foundation organised a one day HIV and AIDS and General Health Workshop with village leaders of Tseminyu sub-division at Tseminyu town hall on March 25 supported by legislators forum on AIDS, UNAIDS-NHRM and NSACS with parliamentary secretary for horticulture & co-operation, R. khing who is also a part of LFA, as chief guest.
According to an official bulletin, in his speech he stated that HIV and AIDS is a global issue and Rengma community is no less challenged by the epidemic and called upon every citizen to face it and fight to eradicate it from the society. Health being valuable we should not realise it only when we are losing it, he added. He lamented that out of about 52,000 Rengma populations only 411 has come forward for HIV testing till the year 2008, although free test were provided by Drop in Centre and CHC within the sub-division.
He also urged the leaders representing different villages to ensure good health for mothers and children to maintain a healthy society and healthy future and to make a good use of the PHCs and CHCs instead of running to far places for medical care incurring high expenditure.
During the workshop senior medical ofifcer Tseminyu, Dr. Tinilo Jemu spoke on maternal health care, immunization and malaria. Kuknalim Foundation, David Khing, spoke on facts of HIV and AIDS and services available, DTO Kohima Dr. Vezokholu spoke on TB and treatment.
As part of the learning session which came to a conclusion with action plan by Bazo Kire. Dr. Vinito Chishi, state co-ordinator, LFA, UNAIDS Nagaland also spoke during the workshop.
Rengma Mothers Association president, Kelisha Kath chaired the workshop and the vote of thanks proposed by Tseminyu Town Councilor Daniel Kent.
Leaders from 20 villages under Tseminyu sub-division attended the workshop.