Sensitisation on anti-stigma and discrimination on COVID-19

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 9/14/2020 12:58:31 PM IST

Sensitisation meeting-cum-anti stigma and discrimination on COVID-19 was held at Suruhoto block, Zunheboto on September 13, attended by administration, GBs, STH, church and area leaders.

A press release by CMO office district media officer, Shekho Sophie stated that, deputy CMO Dr. K. Akaho Sema spoke on stigma associated with COVID-19. He said this was due to three main factors, namely lack of adequate information, fear of the disease, rumours and misinformation. Calling upon everyone to be supportive towards others, he also added that the only weapon to fight this disease is by wearing mask, proper hand washing and social distancing. He mentioned that stigma and discrimination was leading to people concealing symptoms, hesitancy in seeking medical care, not adhering to interventions like home quarantine, and ostracisation of healthcare workers and others involved in COVID-19 management. He also sought public co-operation since corona was here to stay and that one should learn to live with it. 
DPO (RCH &UIP) Dr. Nukshisangla Jamir also acknowledged the community of Suruhoto for their active participation in combating against the disease. 
DPM, Vitoli chaired the meeting, STBC pastor Toshevi gave invocation prayer, vote of thanks was delivered by MO I/c Suruhuto PHC, Dr. Renchamo and benediction by pastor, Yehemi Baptist Church, Rev. Hetoi Achumi.


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