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Community leaders called to create awareness on HIV and AIDS
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 14 (NPN)
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Published on 15 Apr. 2010 12:12 AM IST
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Women and Child Welfare Centre (WCWC) Dimapur in collaboration with Legislators’ Forum for AIDS (LFA) Nagaland conducted a one-day programme on Advocacy for Community Ownership of HIV and AIDS at Go-Karting, Dimapur under Dimapur III A/C on Wednesday. LFA state coordinator, Dr. Vinito L. Chishi addressed the programme and gave a brief introduction of the forum.
Underscoring the need for general public to have a sense of responsibility and ownership in the community not only towards People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLHA) but also the youth involved in unlawful activities, Dr. Vinito asserted that constructive action should be initiated while creating a comfortable environment.
Dr. Vinito further highlighted that up to January 2010, official statistics showed that out of a total of 2,88,272 blood tests conducted in Nagaland, 9136 tested HIV positive out of which 3458 had AIDS. He also said it was unfortunate that out of those 3458, only 1631 persons were undergoing ART treatment.
Meanwhile, a member of Nagaland Network of People living with HIV and AIDS (NNP+) spoke on stigma and discrimination constantly faced by PLHAs particularly in Nagaland.
The member said there were four main types of discrimination that PLHAs faced which include Physical, Social, Verbal and Institutional discriminations.
While stating that stigma and discrimination still strongly existed in the state, member added that contributions and support rendered by various NGOs were helping in creating awareness among people and further called upon the community to work together for HIV-free state for the future generation.
Earlier, WCWC secretary, Ng. Phub James outlined HIV and AIDS scenario in Nagaland while a ‘street play on HIV and AIDS’ was presented by WCWC Dimapur team. A total of 50 participants including community leaders, GBs, VCCs and VCMs attended the programme.
MLA’s contribution to the constituency was presented by Hozheto Sumi who highlighted political and developmental activities that were achieved in the constituency under its MLA, Azheto Zhimomi including his ‘commitment to the minorities’.
Action plan for constituency to prevent HIV and AIDS was also deliberated where participants suggested ‘tangible’ solutions to tackle the issue in their areas. Steps to acquire help and support from government, Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) and District AIDS Programme Control Unit (DAPCU), local churches, public leaders and representation to MLA of the constituency were also considered.

 
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