Nagaland Legislators Forum on AIDS (NLFA) appealed to churches in Nagaland to take lead and not to shy away from using pulpits in bringing awareness about HIV and AIDS disease in order to save thousands of families.
An eight member of NLFA under the chairmanships of Nagaland medical minister, Azo Neinu and Deputy Speaker, NLA, Ralanthung Yanthan went on tour from February 9 to 15 to Hongkong and Bangkok equip themselves with various methods on prevention of spread of AIDS adopted by other countries. During their tour to Hongkong, the Forum observed that contrary to undue apprehension and reserved mentality towards testing on AIDS, the public of Hongkong were very receptive to test. Those detected with the virus were issued an ID slip and on production of the slip to the Hospital Authorities patients would get free medicines and doses.
The testing of urine was found to be efficient as that of blood to test AIDS and was easier and cost effective.
While in Bangkok, where high prevalence of AIDS was detected as early as late 1970s was presently brought down to almost a stagnant rate due to the cooperation of NGOs. Besides, legislation was in force where sex education had been incorporated in curriculum from Primary classes onwards in every educational institution in Thailand.
The tour was timely and significant to the fact that Nagaland was on a high prevalent list and despite various efforts of the State Government and NGOs not much progress had been made till date.
The tour members include E.E Panteang, DUDA, advisor, W. Kithan, Parliamentary Secretary for Jails & Prisons; Yitachu, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism; Pangnyu Phom, parliamentary secretary for RD; C. Kipili Sangtam, chairman NSMDC; and C.L John MLA, chairman Marcofed besides the state coordinator, AIDS, Dr. Vinito and Assembly Secretary, A.E Lotha.