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Kuzholuzo’s concern over high contraband seizure in Nagaland
Correspondent Kohima, August 25 (NPN):
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Published on 25 Aug. 2010 11:48 PM IST
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Minister for Health & Family Welfare Kuzholuzo Neinu said it was a matter of concern that Nagaland was reported as the state with the maximum number of drugs and contrabands seizure in the country.
He was addressing the donors and partners coordination meeting organized by NSACS as the Chief Guest at the Nagaland Civil Secretariat Conference Hall. He said “This is one of the main contributing factors to the increasing Drug Injectors and Oral Drug Users in the state.”
The minister also expressed concern that Nagaland stood among the highest prevailing state in terms of the pandemic and pointed out that the need for coordination and understanding of all project partners for timely implementation of projects by all donors and implementing agencies becomes most crucial.
Stating that NSACS have been working on a war footing mode since the early nineties and theirs efforts have recognized by the government at all levels., the health minister said that the NSACS being the nodal agency for the state, is also responsible for recording, maintaining and updating all reports and programmes activities related to HIV in the state, he said and asserted that all implementing and reporting agencies such as LFA, UN agencies, NGOs partners and others “ must provide timely and relevant data to the NSACS for updating the state government, as well as to plan and develop strategies to arrest the problem of HIV and AIDS in the state.
The minister also congratulated the NSACS for initiating and organizing such important meeting and hoped that “I am sure that with the kind of dedication, cooperation and support from all the donor and partner agencies we will be successful in our endeavor and will soon revert to low prevalence by the end of National AIDS Control Programme phase III.
He also said that Nagaland was placed in a very strategic position for HIV to thrive due to its proximity to the golden triangle and sharing the international border with Myanmar where no infrastructure in place across the border areas for HIV response and stated that “This is a need for inter-governmental and non-government response and collaboration across the Indo-Myanmar border and in rural areas for scaling up services to rural communities,”
Earlier state chief secretary Lalthara, gave the keynote address , Dr. Neiphi Kire, project director NSACS and Dr. Lincoln P. Choudhury, also addressed the gathering , while the was chaired by Menukhol John, commissioner & secretary, health & family welfare.

 
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