ZIRO, Dec 01: State Agriculture & Horticulture Minister Tage Taki Thursday called upon the people to voluntarily take up the crusade to eliminate AIDS from the state.
Speaking at a function organised by Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) on the occasion of World AIDS Day here, the minister said that the role of youth is very crucial to curtail the menace of HIV.
“With joint and continuous effort HIV can be eliminated from the state. Everyone should put an effort voluntarily to stop and prevent the further spread of the disease,” he added.
Taki also flagged off a mass awareness rally of students from Dani Kunia Govt Higher Secondary School, where around 1000 students from different schools and colleges of the district took part.
APSACS Project Director Dr Riken Rina in his address emphasized that every individual irrespective of social status should have equal opportunity to access services to HIV treatment and counseling.
Highlighting the present scenario of HIV in the state, Dr Rina informed that there are 710 HIV positive cases detected in state as on September 30 this year.
“This is just the official figure and the actual figure could be much more,” he said while pointing out at the rising incidence of drug abuse among the youth in the state.
Expressing concern over the connection between HIV and drug abuse in the state, Dr Rina said, “We might be sitting on a time bomb due to excessive drug abuse in the state, which may explode anytime in the form of HIV”.
Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Science University (IGTAMSU) Dr D Rajagopal in his address said that HIV/AIDS is preventable but not curable.
“HIV can be prevented and controlled only through mass participation. Knowledge is the only vaccine against HIV,” he added.
Earlier, a skit play competition on HIV among the students of various colleges and schools of Ziro town was organised to mark the World AIDS Day 2022, which was organised in collaboration with IGTAMSU.
At Tawang: The day was observed in all the three sub divisions of the district.
Speaking on the occasion, DC Kesang Ngurup Damo paid his condolence to all those who lost their battle with HIV.
He said that the grassroots level health worker Ashas are providing commendable service to the people by giving them awareness and humanitarian service. Expressing his concern over the reported scenario of AIDS in the district, he said the people to get tested voluntarily.
The number of HIV infected cases of the country as a whole is decreasing but unfortunately it is increasing in the state.
“If we do rigorous testing the number of infected may be higher. We should be faithful to our partner, infidelity in marriage and relations could be reason for spreading this virus. We all should work together through mass campaign right from grassroots to prevent further spread of HIV and encourage testing,” he added.
At DNGC: the NSS cell of Dera Natung Government College (DNGC) here observed the day by organising extempore speech competition on Thursday.
The competition focused on awareness about the spread of HIV-AIDS and reducing its stigma from society.
Programme Officer Dr Chello Lima, Assistant Professor in Commerce, briefed the reason for celebration the day and its theme for the year 2022.
College principal Dr M Q Khan while gracing the occasion, spoke on the causes, mode of transmission, and management and prevention of the deadly disease.