Imphal: Manipur observed World AIDS Day with its state level observation held at 1st Manipur Rifles Parade Ground, here on Thursday.
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, governor La. Ganesan said.
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. The civil societies have to be actively involved, he added.
Appreciating the role of non-government organisations (NGOs) and agencies during the last more than two decades in providing preventive services and care to the people, the governor said, without the active role of the NGOs, the situation would have been worse.
Manipur was the first and only state in India to have a State AIDS Policy as early as 1996. Experts and intellectuals in this field shall give their suggestions and it will be of immense help to society in mitigating the menace of HIV and AIDs in the state, the governor said. He appealed to the young people, particularly women to become more and more aware of HIV and AIDS issues and also to participate actively in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Ganesan also launched HIV/Syphillis dual screening in “Chief Minister’s Health for All” Scheme and handed over testing kit to the State Nodal Officer.
Chief minister N. Biren Singh said, it is not to celebrate the day, but to raise concern among ourselves of how our future would be. He said, thestate has been facing HIV/AIDS with the support from all quarters. Though, the rate of infection has relatively been down, efforts should be made to aware people of how we can fight the dreaded disease. “We should be very serious in fighting the disease and people living with HIV/AIDS should be taken care with love.”
Pointing out the increasing number of injecting drug users especially among the youths, Biren said, it is a matter of serious concern and all should join hands to stop such acts. Some anti-social elements are indulging in drug trafficking and government should not tolerate such act. All those who are involved in the act should not be spared, he added.
Door to door checking of HIV/AIDS (B)
Door to door checking of HIV/AIDS will be conducted under the Chief Minister’s Health for All Scheme and appealed people to join hands in the efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, Biren said.
Health minister Dr. S. Ranjan also spoke on the importance of greater awareness and coordination among all stakeholders to wipe out HIV/AIDS from the state.
Governor and Chief Minister also visited the stalls opened by the Self Help Groups. Five targeted intervention NGOs were also felicitated in the observation.
Ministers, MLAs, officials, NGOs and people attended the AIDS day.