Imphal: HIV/AIDS cases in Manipur have declined over the years but the fight against HIV-AIDS is not over yet. Health minister Dr Sapam Ranjan said the same while addressing the gathering of State Level World AIDS Day, 2023 observance as the chief guest Friday morning. Manipur AIDS Control Society organised the event on the theme “Let Community Lead” at the auditorium of DIPR in Keishampat Nityaipat Chuthek, Imphal West.
The health minister said adults living with HIV-AIDS in 2010 were 1.99 per cent and it has dropped to 0.94 per cent in 2021. The issue of HIV-AIDS was urban-centric in the olden days but in recent years it is seen in rural areas, he added.
Opining that an aggressive approach is required to fight against drugs, the minister appealed for cooperation from the public and NGOs to the state government’s War on Drugs campaign. Sharing views and public interaction on HIV-AIDS will also help to bring a positive solution in this regard, the minister suggested.
Speaking at the event, the commissioner of Health & Family Welfare and president MACS PK Jha said that the role of the media is very important in spreading awareness of HIV-AIDS. He added that the participation and role of NGOs are also equally important. He also appealed to all to join the campaign for the eradication of HIV-AIDS.
Project director, Manipur AIDS Control Society, MACS, Haobam Rosita, officials and staff of MACS, representatives from NGOs, community workers and others attended the event.
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