Remove stigma first to fight HIV/AIDS: Dy. Speaker

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    IMPHAL, Nov 22: The menace of HIV/AIDS in the state can be tackled effectively only when the problems of stigma and discrimination are overcome by the people, said deputy speaker Th. Lokeshore during a convocation programme of children living with HIV/AIDS today at the conference hall of Hotel Imphal, North AOC, Imphal.

    The convocation programme was organized by Manipur NGOs response on child rights in view of uplifting the social status of children living with HIV/AIDS (CLHAs).

    Lokeshore further stated that the CLHAs have acquired the virus unknowingly from their birth and they should not be ill-treated by the general public. They are like other children who are playful and innocent in nature.

    The Manipur Legislative Forum on HIV/AIDS will also extend possible help and assistance to the NGOs working for the CLHAs, he said.

    The function was also attended by MLA Dr. I. Ibohanbi, MLA Dr. Kh. Ratankumar and Dr. Ng. Bijoy.

    Meanwhile, one day constituency level behaviour change and communication on HIV/AIDS was also organized by Manipur Legislative Forum on HIV/AIDS today at Dharmalaya Social Welfare Club, Brahmapur Nahabam, Imphal.

    The function was graced by deputy speaker Th. Lokeshore, MLA E. Suraj and MLA Dr. I. Ibohanbi as the chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.

    Speaking at the occasion, E. Suraj stated that the people of the state especially the youths should join hands to put forward the campaign for making Manipur an AIDS-free state.

    He also announced to set up one unit at Yaiskul assembly constituency for the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and drugs.

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