Kohima, January 22 (NEx): Stakeholders sensitisation and advocacy workshop on HIV/AIDS and harm reduction was organised by Kripa foundation, District adminstration, Noklak Police and NSACS with the support from I-TECH, India, on January 22nd, 2021 at DC’s Conference Hall, Noklak, under the theme ‘Fight against HIV/AIDS & Drugs still on’.
State Co-ordinator ITECH, North East Technical Support Unit NACO, Khyuchamo P. Ezung spoke on HIV scenario and response in Nagaland with special focus in Noklak giving his own testimony on drugs abuse. He stated that they will try coordinate teleservices and have satellite OST centers in the district.
Director, Kripa foundation, Nagaland Abou Mere spoke on HIV/AIDS Acts 2017, NDPS Act and Harm reduction. He explained various sections of the law and said that along with HIV/AIDS and drugs abuse, it is necessary to keep a check on KFT, LFT and hepatitis C also. He mentioned about section 64 and 39 of NDPS Act to be used to help drug addicts to get back to their normal lives. He also stated that people living with HIV can’t be denied any assignment or job because of their HIV positive status and no one can force anyone to get the test done without one’s own consent except written in law.
Meanwhile, the Superintendent of Police, Noklak, Dr. Pritpal Kaur, IPS gave a short speech stating that Noklak being a frontier district should work hard in every field and talent where they can lead from the frontline but tackling healthcare should be the priority. She also stated that problem of HIV-AIDS and drugs is the biggest challenge for our youth for which every stakeholder should work hand in hand.
She also mentioned that the Police will take measures against drugs menace by checking supply routes, peddlers etc and simultaneously will do efforts to spread awareness amongst the youth for pursuing their careers instead of drugs. No discrimination can be done in any job because of HIV/AIDS as per HIV Act 2017, she added.
Deputy Commissioner, Noklak, Reny Wilfred, IAS delivered the closing remarks stating that cooperation of all stakeholders is crucial for HIV/AIDS and drugs menace. He asked all the departments to work effectively along with medical department. He also congratulated everyone on district inauguration and motivated them to work towards development.
In open discussions, KTC President Shri Thangou stressed on the need of fully functional ART center in the district as it is difficult for villagers to come out from far flung village and travel to tuensang for first 6 months medicine fo HIV/AIDS.
KMH president shmt Newkhoi also stated that traveling to another district for medicines of HIV/AIDS patients becomes economic burden hence ART center should be working at Noklak itself with proper diagnostics and medical teams.
Dr. Chongnya from medical department talked about inhibitions by the people living with HIV to take medicines because of stigma and lack of awareness, while, KBCA-TI project person Samuel said that church was doing and will keep doing work in this field with everyone’s cooperation. Also, from Red Cross society Noklak, Lachumong asked for the regular awareness campaigns at school level.
KSU and TSU member also said that youth needs to be engaged in career enhancing activities rather than drugs or other substance abuse and ARK foundation president Ketho Angami asked everyone to work in coordination for which HIV/AIDS and drug addiction can be tackled. He asked everyone to tackle this menace with compassion and tactics.
The programme was chaired by S.I Mongthei Khiamniungan, welcome address was delivered by President Khiamniungan Menyiu Hoikam, Newkhai. Invocation was pronounced by Chaplin Muno, Police Baptist Fellowship, Noklak and vote of thanks was said by project manager TI project, Noklak, J. Khumong.