Deputy Commissioner, Phek Shanavas along with officials during observation of World AIDS Day at Phek.
DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 1 (MExN): District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit (DAPCU), Phek along with PNP+ & Eureka Life Foundation (ELF) observed World AIDS Day on December 1, 2017 at Phek Town Council Hall. The program was attended by DAPCU staff, OST, FI-ART, ELF, PNP+, CMO staff, teachers & students from Royal Foundation School, Phek, Red Ribbon Club from Phek Government College, public and church leaders.
A press release issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Phek said the Deputy Commissioner of Phek district, Shanavas, who was the chief guest, urged the gathering to remember and show care and support to PLHIV not only on observation day i.e December 1 but throughout the year. He resented that the quality of personal life of PLHIV is reduced due to stigma and discrimination that still persists in the society.
The DC also called upon the administration; church leaders; public leaders; teachers to be key agents in order to usher in changes to the society. Students were also exhorted to spread the truth about HIV/AIDS. The DC believed that knowing the real truth about HIV/AIDS would reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with it.
Mese Letro, President, PNP+ shared his experiences that he had undergone through the years as a PLHIV. He asked the gathering to extend care and support to all PLHIVs and also to consider PLHIV a friend and live in harmony.
Hierhotho Kajiri, DIS, DAPCU Phek, shared the significance of World AIDS Day (WAD) observation.