Anti-stigma & discrimination campaign in Kiphire

Anti-stigma & discrimination campaign in Kiphire
Participants along with the IEC team at Longthonger village.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/25/2020 12:24:46 PM IST

COVID-19 anti-stigma & discrimination campaign was conducted by information education communication (IEC) bureau, CMO’s office Kiphire at Longthonger village on August 23. A press release by district media officer CMO office, Kiphire, Haichikambe Pame stated that, district community mobilizer, Seli Anar as a resource person spoke on guidelines and mentioned that stigma associated with COVID-19 is based on three main factors: lack of adequate information, fear of the disease, and rumours or misinformation. Maintaining that COVID-19 was a public health emergency that was causing a stressful and a difficult time for everyone, he said rumours and misinformation were causing more harm which can hamper COVID-19 recovery.

He further categorised group of people immune to stigma and discrimination as people affected with COVID-19 and their families, people under quarantine and their families, frontline health care providers, and those who have recovered from COVID-19, among others. He urged the gathering to be appreciative and supportive of efforts made by frontline workers, to verify information from a reliable source such as the medical department; not to spread name, identity, and locality of persons affected or under quarantine; and not to spread misinformation.

Programme was chaired by block extension educator, Daniel Magh, who also proposed vote of thanks. Similar programmes were conducted at Kiphire and Amahator villages on August 21 and 25 respectively. 

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