DIMAPUR, March 31 - HIV/AIDS training modules for law enforcement agency (LEA) and Faith Based Organisation (FBO), a church body, were launched in Kohima on Thursday.
The issue of HIV and AIDS is more about creating awareness, sensitising and stigmatisation, Nagaland Chief Secretary Temjen Toy said while speaking at the launching programme. He urged organisations like the Nagaland State AIDS Control Society and others actively involved in the issue to focus more on vulnerable groups besides the high-risk groups.
He further stressed the need to address the issue among college and school-going groups, and sensitise them to bring about behavioral changes.
Expressing happiness on the steps taken by the police department on the issue, Toy hoped with the support of the church and law enforcement agencies, the issue can be taken forward in a more effective manner.
Exhorting the participants, Nagaland police chief Rupin Sharma said keeping the police force and law enforcing agencies safe from HIV and AIDS is important as the police family constitutes a huge component of the State.
Lamenting that people suffering from AIDS are still discriminated against, the DGP called on the law enforcing agency to protect and keep them safe.
The Director of Kripa Foundation, Abou Mere, stated that the programme is aimed at empowering the police and the church workers to collectively respond to HIV/AIDS, and ensure universal access and protection of human rights, besides eliminating stigma and discrimination.