HIV-affected people call upon Nagaland govt to take political pledge

Last Updated: May 19, 2013, 19:27 PM IST

Kohima: The over 30,000 HIV/AIDS infected people in Nagaland today urged the state government to make a political commitment towards strengthening and improving the overall quality of life for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in all government welfare programs and social entitlements.

Naomi, President of Network of Naga PLHIV (NNP+) in her solidarity message delivered during observation of International AIDS Candlelight Memorial here this evening said that since the year 2004, Nagaland has 9488 people infected with HIV, out of which 4486 were women and 677 children.

Nagaland is among the six highest HIV/AIDS prevalent states in the country.

She also appealed to the government to continue to understand and respond appropriately to the issues and problems faced by PLHIV.

Although the state government and NGOs have made access to treatment a priority programme, the number of people enrolled in ART programme is still low and this life saving treatment is still inaccessible to many living in remote parts of the state," she said.

We in NNP+ know that there are thousands of people hidden and spending all their resources on hidden treatments all because of their fear being found out,? Naomi said.

Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly Chotisuh Sazo stressing on the adverse effects of the dreaded disease.