Kohima, May 19 UNI | 2 months ago

Nagaland has joined the rest of the world by observing the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Service in various parts of the state with due solemn last evening and offered prayers to those who passed away with the deadly virus.

In Kohima, the Day was observed at the NMA Cradle Ridge at Seithogei in Kohima under the aegis of the Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) along with the Nagaland Network of Positive People (NNP+) with the theme 'Let's keep the light on HIV.'

A minute of silence was observed followed by lighting of candles to mark the candlelight memorial service.

Speaking on the occasion, Abei- Meru, President of the Naga Mothers' Association (NMA) urged policy makers to show their leadership in the execution of the global fund to support PLHAS and their care givers in consonance with this year's theme and to ensure that HIV/AIDS is sustained on the agenda.

Naomi Semy, President of NNP+ informed that there are 4,692 members under NNP+ and that 310 members lost their lives. She called upon each and every individual to come forward and unite in bringing about Zero discrimination, Zero new HIV infection and Zero AIDS related deaths.

In Dimapur, the coordinated joint efforts by Government and private sectors, Churches and NGOs to fight the scourge of HIV & Aids have been emphasised during the observation of 31st international AIDS candlelight memorial service here at IMC hall, Dimapur with the theme 'Let's Keep The Light On HIV.'

The Deputy Director of the Christian Institute of Health Sciences & Research (CIHSR) Dr Sedevi urged the state government to integrate all stakeholders including the churches while implementing programmes and policies related to HIV & Aids in the state.

Addressing the participants, Dr Sedevi also suggested that a curriculum on HIV and Aids should also be introduced in schools with well trained teachers who were well versed in the subject.

Along with the rest of the world the Network of Kiphire District People Living with HIV and AIDS (KpNP+) Kiphire observed '31st International AIDS candlelight memorial service' yesterday under the theme 'let's keep the light on HIV' at Nepali Baptist Church Kiphire. Assistant Surgeon Veterinary Office, Kiphire Dr Tsilise Sangtam as the Guest Speaker, while stressing on importance being aware of HIV & AIDS also explained on how to reduce HIV infection in the society. Tia Sangtam, President KpNP+ Kiphire gave his welcome speech.

In Mokokchung, the Day was observed in collaboration with various NGOs such as NSACS, CHAI-Axshya, CCS, CCC, Gaurdian Angel, MUN, DAPCU, ICTC, ARTC& Red Ribbon FAC &Peoples College organized the 31st International candlelight service under the theme, 'keeping the light on HIV' at Imlong place of Mokokchung town.

Rajesh Soundararajan SDO (C) was the guest of honour at the programme. Significance of the day was delivered by Dr Amenla, MO, ARTC-IMDH while T. Temsu Jamir, President NMP+ gave a short message.

(Posted on 19-05-2014)