2608 AIDS cases in Nagaland

Kohima, December 26 (MExN): 2608 AIDS cases (1465 male and 1143 female) have been reported in Nagaland between 1994 to October 2008, according to an available source. The most effected age-group is the 25-34 years old, at 47.01 per cent and transmission through the sexual route standing at 91.1 per cent.

Much has been accomplished with active political leadership and involvement of the elected members in response to HIV epidemic in the state of Nagaland, claimed Dr. Vinito L Chishi, state coordinator of Nagaland Legislators’ Forum on HIV/AIDS. He, however, admitted that till date the prevalence rate of HIV still records a 1.27 per cent high.

“In all probability, it is expected to come down below 1 percent by the end of this year. Nevertheless, this does not suggest complacency on the part of any citizen of Nagaland but rather, it should motivate us to be become concerned and make efforts to attain it,” said Dr. Chishi in the latest issue of LFA news magazine.

He also referred to the global commitment for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010, which is only two years from now. Dr. Chishi said that in order to achieve this goal, leaders at all levels must demonstrate in action by evolving policies, increasing avenues for access to treatment, reducing stigma and discrimination and promoting HIV- related human rights.

The Nagaland Legislators’ Forum on HIV & AIDS is committed and determined to achieving the goal within the set time-frame by embracing the theme “lead-empower- deliver”. Also according to Health & Family Welfare minister Kuzholuzo Nienu “The Nagaland Legislators’ Forum on AIDS is committed to fight HIV epidemic in Nagaland along with the rest of the world in order to achieve the millennium development goal of reversing the epidemic by 2015”. It may be recalled that the NLFA was established in 2007 with the support of UNAIDS and active response of the state legislators.