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Rio lauds NGO efforts

Kohima, Oct. 12: A meeting of the State Council on AIDS was held at the chief minister Neiphiu Rio’s office today.

The chief minister, who is also the council’s chairman, chaired the meeting.

Rio, in his opening remark, appreciated and congratulated the various agencies and NGOs who have been fighting against AIDS round the clock. He said though Nagaland was one of the states with highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS, the situation had been brought under control through awareness campaigns and care.

Nagaland State AIDS Control Society project director N.L. Changkija gave a presentation on the HIV/AIDS scenario in the state.

She said people were now less hesitant in coming forward to get tested for HIV/AIDS and getting themselves treated.

According to district-wise records of HIV prevalence between April 2012 and August 2012, the highest number of people tested positive in Dimapur district. The route of transmission in 89 per cent of the cases during 2011-12 was found to be sexual.

Changkija said Nagaland and Mizoram had the highest number of HIV-positive pregnant women in the country, which was a very disturbing sign. However, she said the total number of clinic attendees in the state was rising, which showed that more people were now coming forward for treatment and care.

She also thanked the government for its continued support in the fight against the virus.


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