HIV patients will get ART medicines through home delivery: Biren

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Imphal: From December onwards all the HIV patients will get ART medicines through home delivery, Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh said on Word Aids Day.

Manipur governor La. Ganesan also launched Link Art Centre for Sub-District Hospital, Mao Senapati district to make ART more accessible in far flung areas.

The World AIDS Day was observed under the theme “ End inequalities. End Aids. End Pandemics.” at 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles ground. The Programme was organised by Manipur Aids Control Society.

Ganesan said World AIDS Day, 2021, is a very important event all over the world particularly in Manipur, where the people have experienced the impact of the HIV epidemic for the last more than three decades. Many innocent young people have died due to AIDS related diseases in Manipur.

The 1st day of December, every year, is observed as World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day, 2021 is being observed to attain access for all to HIV prevention, the state has already made AIDS Policy of Manipur and have the distinction to be first and only State in India to have a State AIDS Policy as early as 1996. Now, it is imperative to make modifications and improvements in the policy to suit the changing circumstances and trend of the epidemic. Experts and intellectuals in this field should give their suggestions from time to time for make the policy appropriate as per the situation and it will be of immense help in treatment, care and support and address the critical need for protection of human rights, he added.

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He further said that statistics indicated the magnitude of the problem in Manipur during the early stage in high alarming state in the sense that many pregnant housewives, who represent the general population infected by HIV. However, it is gratifying to note that for the last decade infection among the mothers as well as youngsters have been significantly diminishing. It is satisfying to know that the HIV prevalence rate among Injecting Drug Users (IDUs), men having sex with men and female sex worker have significantly come down during the last two decades and added that small children should get utmost care and protection in this regard. It is the responsibility of the society at large, particularly women, to have a greater involvement in the fight against HIV and AIDS to safe guard the future of Manipur, he added.

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The Governor also said Manipur is one of the six high prevalence states in the country, identified by the National AIDS Control Organization, ministry of health and family welfare. He appealed to all young women of the state to remove their fear and ignorance with regard to HIV issues. This is not only for their own protection but also for saving the future generation. “We must promote voluntary HIV testing before marriage in this regard,” he said.

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The HIV and AIDS issue is no longer a mere health issue. It has covered all aspects of life – social, economic, legal, human rights and even political. The all-out and concerted efforts of the health officials and concerned activists of the state will not be sufficient in tackling this issue. Civil Society Organistations’ have to be actively involved in the issue, he added.

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