Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Inmates sensitized on HIV/AIDS

In a bid to create and promote HIV/AIDS awareness among the inmates of Dimapur Central Jail, a programme was organised Thursday by State Resource Centre, NEHU Shillong in collaboration with Rural Development Service Centre (NGO), inside the jail premises with Dr. Temsu, ICTC, district hospital, Dimapur and Alemla Longchar, monitoring assistant, Dimapur District AIDS Control Committee as resource person.
Speaking on the milieu of “HIV/AIDS in the context” Alemla Longchar informed inmates that 80 percent of HIV infection was found to be through arbitrary sexual intercourse while urged them to practice abstinence and take personal responsibility for their health. “One should take care and know their own health”, she said.
Longchar while informing the inmates about the symptoms of HIV/AIDS said that blood testing was the only source where disease could be detected. She also informed them of how to reduce the risks of HIV/AIDS transmission.
Dr. Temsu delivering the topic “current scenario and management of HIV/AIDS” articulated that Dimapur district during the span of last two years has seen an increase of HIV positive patients, from 365 cases in 2006, 441 in 2007 to 200 cases till June 2008.
Informing of how HIV was transmitted, Dr. Temsu said that getting oneself infected with HIV/AIDS involved some form of monetary payment. “HIV doesn’t come just like that, it comes in payment”, he said while encouraging the inmates not to get misled by stereotyped belief of HIV infection.
He further called upon the inmates not to discriminate the infected patients rather to love and help them. The inmates were further informed to obtain HIV/AIDS tests in order to ensure themselves free from disease. They were also informed of post-test counseling provided by the government, including routine health services, in case of HIV positive.
Earlier, president of Rural Development Service Centre, Dimapur, S Toiho Yeptho chaired the programme, Programme co-coordinator, SRC, NEHU-Shillong, Barikor Syiem delivered the programme objectives and director, Aloino Centre, Anshely Zhimomi pronounced the invocation.

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