Rotaract Club Chumukedima in collaboration with Legislator’s Forum on AIDS, Nagaland commemorated the world AIDS day on Monday at Joyce Complex, Chumukedima.
The world AIDS day is observed on December 1 every year and is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and also hold memories to honour and remember those who have died from complications of HIV and AIDS on this day.
Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, Y. Hewoto Awomi, MLA Ghaspani-I A/C, said that awareness campaigns and symposiums on HIV and AIDS had become very important in our society and AIDS and its malady was no longer a phenomenon of distant happening in distant societies.
Viewing on HIV and AIDS destructive epidemics, Hewoto said that today over 41 million people were living with HIV AIDS and only option to be safe from this disease was prevention and it had become a global concern for every individual, young and old and even safety for an unborn child was an utmost concern.
Hewoto added that AIDS problem had gone out of control and was at large, which was due to simple reasons of carelessness and ignorance. He also said that being vigilant and careful was the only way to be safe from HIV. “Life is so precious, we cannot simply lose it by just one careless act”, he said.
Citing on the preventive measures, he said that if one had doubt, should get their blood tested at the earliest and if tested positive should not remain silent but should seek immediate assistance. Although, no medicine for its cure have been found yet there were drugs that could sustain and prolong life.
Informing people living with AIDS and fighting against the disease, he said in India there was a Parliamentarian Forum for HIV and AIDS at the centre and Legislature’s Forum for HIV and AIDS in all the states.
He also said that in Nagaland, there was a Legislature’s Forum for HIV and AIDS contributing in the global fight against HIV and AIDS and also to sanction the rights for people living with HIV and AIDS.
Hewoto appealed to the people living with HIV positive to come forward and avail assistance of these forums and added that they had a moral responsibility to put an end to this chain and become a harbinger of warning of HIV and AIDS.
He also urged the members of Rotaract Club Chumukedima to continue their work for the generation even though it might mean sacrificial act for them and that they had greater responsibility and bigger role to play in this global fight against the terror. “Let us all join hands to live a life free of HIV and AIDS”, he said. He also donated a sum of rupees fifty thousand towards the Rotaract Club Chumukedima.
Temjer, project officer Orchid was the resource person and a special presentation was given by Dr. Vinito, coordinator Legislator’s Forum on AIDS, Nagaland. The programme was also made lively by welcome song presented by Youth Department Police Baptist Church, Chumukedima; special number by Topeni Assumi, Naga Idol finalist and special song was presented by Akumnaro.