03 June 2010
Minister for Agriculture, Dr.Chumben along with dignitaries and participants at the two days workshop on prevention of HIV/AIDS in the world of works held at Hotel Millennium,
Minister admits 'state is economically not stable'Two days workshop on Prevention of HIV/AIDS in the World of works began today at Hotel Millennium, Kohima organised by V.V Giri National Labour institute, Noida in collaboration with Labour Department, Nagaland and Nagaland State AIDS Control Society with Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Chumben Murry as the chief guest.
Speaking at the workshop, Murry said, the disease has spread to a vast majority of people in Nagaland. Referring to the poor source of Nagaland economy he said the state is economically not stable.
"To survive with HIV and AIDS transmitted, economy has to be strong, " said Chumben. The minister said the state has a large business sector which are not utilized, and needs to involve the work force of the concern people to avoid the high risk of infection. ‘HIV/AIDS is a major concern because it involves the workforce of the population and a major concern about Nagaland is that the disease has percolated up to the general public including the unborn,’ he maintained. "People affected are more inquisitive and are more open to the society, though discrimination and stigmatize associated with HIV/ AIDS will persist, " said Murry.
He reminded the gathering, as population cycle continues, awareness work is required. "With more awareness, more understanding, stigmatization and discrimination will decrease among the infected patients. " With the census 2011, underway Dr. Chumben felt the need for re-evaluation in projecting the accurate prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in the state, once the census operations are completed.
Dr. Chumben further opined that Nagaland is a collection of people whose nature of the society is still fragile adding that pre-marital sex often becomes a fertile ground for transmission of HIV/AIDS.
Chumben recalled the history of HIV and AIDS in Nagaland was caused by the drug users where over the years the rate of infection by the drug abuse has declined to the lowest rate which he highly acknowledged the tremendous efforts made by NSACS and other concern department.
Director, V.V Giri National Labour Institute, NOIDA, V.P Yajurvedi in his key note address said HIV/AIDS infected persons are within the age of 15-49 years and the influx of workers in the country are also the cause in rising the disease.
It may be mentioned that the HIV/AIDS cases reports in Nagaland till April 2010 shot up to 1902 male and 1565 female and 488 adults and children, HIV test among general population remains 62,757 with 1559(2.48%) tested positive and HIV test among pregnant women tested 17,459 and found 174(1.00%) positive. Earlier the function was chaired by Bernice Dzuvichu, joint Director, (TI), NSACS and welcome address was delivered by Project Director, NSACS Dr. Neiphi Kire. Vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Ruma Ghosh, Faculty Member & workshop coordinator, N.N Giri national Labour
Institute, NODIA. In the afternoon session speakers including Professor Ritu Priya, JNU, New Delhi, Faculty Member, V.V. Giri NLI, Dr. Ruma Ghosh and Deputy Director NSACS Dr. Tinurenla dwelt on the topics ’Overview of HIV/AIDS scenario in India’; ’Prevention of HIV/AIDS in the world of work’ and Overview of the problems of HIV/AIDS in Nagaland, the current interventions by the Government and the challenges faced by the Government.
Dr. Damodar Bachani, Deputy Director General, will grace the valedictory function as the chief guest on June 4.