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State Joins Candlelight Memorial Day Observance

Family members taking part in the Candlelight observance. Image Credit: Sangai Photo

IMPHAL, May 15: Joining rest of the world, the State today remembered hundreds of lives lost to HIV/AIDS with the observance of International AIDS Candle- light Memorial Day.

Deliberation on issues related to the dreaded disease, lighting of candles in memory of the people who died of HIV/AIDS, organizing blood donation camps and involvement in philanthropic activities etc marked the observance held across the State on the theme, ‘Touching Lives’.

Manipur is one of the highest HIV prevalence States in India with Manipur State AIDS Control (MACS) shouldering the primary responsibility of curbing the epidemic under the supervision of National AIDS Control Organization (NACO).

At a function organized by MNP+, MACS (Targeted Intervention and Blood Safety) Deputy Director Dr Tomcha Khuman, Lifeline Foundation Chief Functionary Bikram Nepram, MNP+ Treasurer L Deven were the chief guest, guest of honor and president respectively.

In his keynote address, MNP+ vice president, Ajitshwor said only six million people are getting treatment out of a total of 33 million HIV infected people in the world.

Mentioning about Manipur, he said that 38,016 people have been recorded as HIV-infected till January this year by MACS.

Saying that the day is the most emotional day for all the PLHIVs, the VP asserted that PLHIVs do not want more deaths due to improper and untimely treatment.

Ajitshwor also conveyed strong desire to take up necessary serious measures by the Government and NGOs to save the lives of the PLHIVs.

Speaking at the occasion, Dr Tomcha informed the gathering that special programs for women IDUs and adolescent children are not included in the NACP-III. Efforts would be made to add these categories in the NACP-IV to be started from April 2012, he added.

Tributes were paid to former president of MNP+ L Lilakanta, former treasurers RK Dhanakumar and Kh Gyaneshwar and former vice president O Munindro in today’s function.

Simple but solemn gifts were also presented to their families as token of love.

Integrated Women and Children Development Centre (IWCDC) RIAC Project also observed the day at Shine DDRC, Thangmeiband Yumnam Leikai.

Surviving PLHIV spouses shared their experiences in the program attended by 57 participants.

Kripa Society also observed the day.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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1 Response to " State Joins Candlelight Memorial Day Observance "

  1. Preeti says:

    HIV/AIDS is a disease of the human immune system. This condition progressively reduces the effectiveness of the immune system and leaves individuals susceptible to opportunistic infections and tumors. Although treatments for AIDS and HIV can slow the course of the disease, there is no known cure or vaccine.

    I would like to suggest a documentary – “Mr. India” which explores about the life of Manipur-born Khundrakpam Pradip Kumar Singh who is actually a HIV positive person. This documentary reveals that how after being HIV positive he fought with his illness and decided to live lif positively.

    To watch please visit – http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/4792

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