One-day advocacy program on HIV and AIDS was conducted on April 15 at Zulutemba Memorial Hall, Longchem for the 30th Alongtaki A/C by Care and Support Society, Mokokchung. The program was supported by Legislators’ Forum on AIDS (LFA) Nagaland and was attended by around 250 stakeholders from various village councils, Churches, political parties, youths, VDBs, NGOs, schools, district administration and so on.
Moa EAC Longchem welcomed the participants and emphasized that such program were the need of the hour. Heroto LFA representative spoke on community response, where he gave the introduction of LFA - the Legislators who have been mobilizing resources from their Local Area Development Fund (LADF) and are personally involved to advocate HIV and AIDS prevention in their own constituencies and district level.
He encouraged the gathering to receive the facilities of ICTC (integrated counseling and testing centre) where services are accessible in the respective places and Mobile ICTC van.
Makshi, program office DAPCU (district AIDS prevention and control unit) Mokokchung highlighted the present scenario of HIV and AIDS of Nagaland and Mokokchung district in particular Dr. Imtijungshi M.O i/c Longchem PHC shared on facilities and support under PHC Longchem, besides a slide show presentation with pictures on HIV and STI and stressed on hospital delivery for expectant mothers.
Imchawati Kichu, managing director, C&SS, Mokokchung presented the facilities that are available in the district related to HIV and AIDS. He requested the representative of Er. T. Saku Aier, parliamentary secretary, Aosanen P.A, to communicate on the urgent need of Community Care Centre at Mokokchung.
Lima NMP+ spoke on the impact of stigma and discrimination and requested the audience to understand the needs of PLHIV and to accept them as they are.
On behalf of the parliamentary secretary for housing labour and employment, Aosanen delivered the message where he emphasized on loving, caring and supporting People Living with HIV and AIDS. He said medical treatment must be taken up instantly if found to be HIV positive, and challenged the youth to be aware of the dreaded disease.