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Yitachu calls for positive attitude towards people with HIV and AIDS
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 21 Aug. 2009 12:32 AM IST
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Advocacy campaign on HIV and AIDS was organized by NNP+ in collaboration with LFA-UNAIDS at Meluri sub-division on Wednesday with Yitachu, parliamentary secretary, law and justice, tourism as chief guest. The programme began with welcome note addressed by Peter, additional deputy commissioner, Meluri sub-division followed by an invocation. Yitachu while addressing on the theme ‘Together we can’, stated that people should first understand real issues, and then make the right decision to go forward. He called upon stakeholders not to keep silent on HIV and AIDS issues where many have already lost their lives and warned that if the issue was not taken seriously, the whole section in the society would be affected by it. Yitachu particularly mentioned that Churches could take a major initiative towards preventing the epidemic as well as offer love and care for people living with HIV and AIDS. He also encouraged all the right thinking citizens of Meluri sub-division to join in the campaign against the epidemic and to have positive attitude towards people who are already living with HIV and AIDS. Dr. Vinito, state coordinator, LFA-UNAIDS briefed on the concept of conducting advocacy programme on HIV and AIDS with key stakeholders of Meluri sub- division. He strongly stated that HIV was a reality in our place and the community should take the responsibility to prevent the disease. The doctor also appreciated the commitment of the legislators and mentioned that Nagaland Legislators Forum on HIV was moving forward to bring favorable changes in the HIV and AIDS arena in the state. Longyim Tzudir shared on the topic ‘HIV and You’ where he showed the present HIV scenario of the state including Phek district. Chongtie, President, NNP+ shared on ‘Overcoming Stigma and discrimination’ and said that she was living a healthy life even though she was living with the virus. The programme was attended by around 250 key stakeholders representing government departments and 29 villages under Meluri sub-division.

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