Welfare Society of Zunheboto District People living with HIV and AIDS (WSZDP+) organized an advocacy campaign on HIV and AIDS at Zunheboto on October 29 with parliamentary secretary for Industries & Commerce, Dr. K.C. Nihoshe as chief guest.
Speaking on the theme of the programme, ‘Together We Can’, Dr. Nihoshe called upon people to nurture patience, tolerance and moral responsibility in order to minimize the spread of HIV and AIDS and gradually eradicate the epidemic in the state, stated an official bulletin.
Highlighting the role of Nagaland Legislators’ Forum on AIDS (NLFA), Dr. Nihoshe said the forum has been contributing `1 lakh from each constituency, showcasing political will, commitment and support in order to achieve and extensive support towards the epidemic in the state. He stated that presently, around nine-point measures were being taken to prevent mother to child infection.
While requesting NGOs to maintain approximate and authentic report, the parliamentary secretary also encouraged PLHAs to come out in the open so that Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART) could be given at an early stage. DC Zunheboto T. Kiheto Sema also spoke on the occasion.
Meanwhile, NLFA state coordinator Dr. Vinito Chishi stated that the virus was transmitted, as per official reports, 6.08% from mother to child; 5.58% from infected needle and syringe; 0.35% from blood and blood products; 85.47% sexually; and 2.22% were unknown/unspecified. Also presenting the statistics, he stated that 50.1 % of those affected were people in the age group of 25-34 years.
Interaction session with PLHAs of Zunheboto was also held during the programme.
Meanwhile, a core committee was formed with DC as chairman, chief medical officer as secretary, and Zunheboto Town Council, Salvatus Society and WSZDP+ as members.