Feel Proud For What You Are: Health minister to transgenders

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Imphal: Manipur Health minister Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh said,”We should feel proud for being what we are,” on the occasion of the observance of World AIDS Day organised by jointly Transgender Health and Wellness Centre, SASO and PATH at Transgender Health and Wellness Centre, Imphal East on Thursday.

Transgenders should not be disappointed for reasons of social stigma and others. Instead, they should feel proud for being themselves. Comments should be taken positively. They need to diversify their fields through their talents. They should not be the victims of negative comments from others. There has been a positive change in the status of the transgenders during the past few years. It’s a transition period, he added.

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The government has been taking up welfare measures for the transgenders in the state. Transgenders can enjoy the health benefits initiated by the government. Grievances will be addressed on priority basis. Mental harassment to the transgender should be stopped. Measures for their mental wellbeing will be taken up, the minister assured.

Concerned departments like Social Welfare department will also be consulted for the welfare of them.  databased system for the medical professionals and stakeholders needs to be maintained. An united effort is required to fight against drugs and AIDS. The efforts and roles of the NGOs and voluntary organizations in this regard is worth appreciation, Ranjan said.

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Medical superintendent, JNIMS, Dr. Lokeshshwar Singh, deputy commissioner Imphal East, Kh. Diana Devi, and joint director (TI), MACS Dr. Abhiram Mongjam were present at the occasion.

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