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State observes International AIDS candlelight memorial service

Kaisa Rio (3rd from R) and Menukhol John, Comm & Secy, H&FW (1st from L) lighting candles on the occasion of International AIDS Candlelight memorial programme held at Kohima. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 15(NPN)
Published on 16 May. 2011 1:13 AM IST
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Joining the rest of the world, thousands of people from all walks of life Sunday observed the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial held at the State Academy Hall Kohima.
Chief minister’s wife and president of the president of the Nagaland Women Voluntary Association (NWVA) Kaisa Rio who was the guest speaker said HIV and AIDS has directly or indirectly touched or affected everyone emotionally and physically. Kaisa said she had to play more positive role on the issue.
She acknowledged the various NGOs, Church organizations and individuals for their selfless and tireless works towards HIV and AIDS issues and reminded that the issue was a collective responsibility.
Kaisa also called upon the family and relatives of the HIV and AIDS patients to avail all the available facilities. Stating that there might be cases of “over-reacting” while protecting the HIV and AIDS infected by their family members and relatives, Kaisa said she was encouraged to meet so many people who have disclosed their status openly and working for the welfare of those infected.
Her speech was followed by a symbolic lighting of candles by the gathering.
Earlier, Abou Mere, President, Indian Drug Users’ Forum (IDUF) and Menukhol John, Commissioner and Secretary for H&FW and Chairman, NSACS also exhorted the gathering while Ranging from the KNP+ exhorted on the year’s theme “Touching Lives”.
The occasion was organized by the NNP+ in collaboration with Partner NGOs and supported by NSACS.

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