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Call to establish home for AIDS orphans
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 7(NPN)
Published on 7 May. 2010 11:45 PM IST
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: Nagaland has woken up to the need for establishing AIDS orphans home within the state to give proper care, counseling, nutrition, education and services of medicine to AIDS Orphans. With 474 HIV positive children in Nagaland and 150-160 AIDS cases detected every month, state government and NGOs have been urged to collaborate in establishing a home of solace for AIDS orphans.
Observing World AIDS Orphans’ Day on Friday at State Academy Hall, minister for Health and Family Welfare Kuzholuzo Azo Nienu said that increasing number of AIDS orphans in the state with increase of HIV and AIDS cases was a great concern which should be collectively looked upon. He urged NGOs, positive networks and the church to give social security by establishing AIDS orphanages. Azo stated that even if rate of HIV infection was reduced in future, social consequence of illness and death among thousands would be substantiated, with impacts such as emotional, household, education, stigmatization etc. Azo also stated that access to facilities provided by government, especially PPTCT with Nevirapin be provided in all villages.
Talking on the theme, the minister urged the community to be supportive of orphaned children and improve their existence with special services, health care and education. He stated that all should make an effort to say “I am positive that I can stop all discrimination, ill treatment and exploitation of children affected by AIDS.”
Commissioner and secretary, Health and Family Welfare and chairman of NSACS, Menukhol John expressed hope that observing World AIDS Orphans Day would be a stepping stone for the society towards making a better society for children. Project director of NSACS, Dr. Neiphi Kire said there were 35 million orphans worldwide, effected or affected by AIDS. He stated that AIDS Orphans crisis was a humanitarian, economic, social and security challenge that the world must address urgently. Dr. Kire further stated that services free of cost are provided by government and called upon patients to avail the services. Coordinator of FXB Suraksha, Marnungla urged all students, parents, government employees, community leaders to pledge to the them “I’m Positive” for a secure and better life for children made vulnerable by AIDS.
In consonance with World AIDS Orphans Day, a slogan competition for school students was organized on the theme “I’m Positive.” The winners included Seyiejalie, class-8, Coraggio School; Takosunep Jamir, class 10, Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Dimapur; Aboto Swu, class 10, Maryvale School, Zunheboto; Kintemjen, class 9, Holy Cross School Dimapur and Vivi, class 8, Coraggio School. The event was organized jointly by the Nagaland State AIDS Control Society and FXB Suraksha.

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