Nagaland observes 36th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

Nagaland observes 36th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial
Observance of International AIDS Candlelight Memorial in Kohima on May 19

Kohima:  Along with the rest of the world, Nagaland yesterday observed the 36th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial. The service was held at Kohima Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS on the theme “Intensifying the fight for health and right”.

Network of Naga People Living with HIV/AIDS President, Lanu Aier while speaking on the significance of the day said that apart from remembering those who have lost their life, it not only raises social consciousness about HIV/AIDS but also creates opportunity to promote education and awareness.

Pointing that support for advocacy and network led by people living with HIV, PLHIVs is weakening, he lamented that lack of political willingness to scale up national HIV responses has left far too many PLHIV exposed to multiple risks and has jeopardized the hard fought gains made over the last decades.

Highlighting challenges of the PLHIV, he said frequent stock out and shortage of Anti-rhetro Viral therapy drugs are causing mental stress and trauma to the PLHIV.

Pastor of Chakhesang Baptist Church Kitsubozou, Rev Vezopa encouraged the PLHIVs to look upon God as the source of strength.