Tuesday, August 9, 2022

State level orientation & sensitisation in Kohima


A state level on orientation-cum-sensitisation of officials from the prison and other closed settings was held in the conference hall of the state prison headquarters on Wednesday.
In a short speech, director general, Rupin Sharma observed that all the agencies involved in the orientation and sensitisation should focus on collectively solving the problem and not just addressing the symptoms.
He said there was enough room for all the organisations to work together, however he said, it should be in a coordinated fashion so that primary goals are achieved.
Sharma pointed out the need for agencies to sit together so that they could learn from their past experiences and avoid making the same error twice and to able to reach out to more people.
He assured that the department would provide more spaces at their disposal in addition to the 11 district prisons and two other available structures.
Citing the need to increase the fight against drug abuse, Sharma said the agencies should pay more attention and be able to distinguish between users and distributors, since the former required intervention and the latter needs to be given befitting punishment.
He said the number of drug users in the state could be higher than recorded and therefore, he underscored the need to better equip the agencies.
Earlier, welcome and introductory note was given by NSACS project director, Dr Akuo Sorhie while joint director, Dr Bernice D Thapru gave a brief introduction of HIV & AIDS scenario in Nagaland with special emphasis on prison and other closed settings.
A note on strategies proposed for implementation of prison and other closed settings, intervention in Nagaland and support required from prison department was given by capacity building officer of YRG Care, Raghunath Manna.
Objectives of the programme included–sensitisation and enhancing knowledge of officials from prison and closed settings on issues of HIV/STI/TB/Viral Hep-C intervention among incarcerated population.
It also included informing on rollout plan through GFATM project and developing a roadmap to create enabling environment within prisons and other close settings towards a comprehensive healthcare service delivery.


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