GUWAHATI, Dec 1 - The Northeastern States observed World AIDS Day today with the theme, �Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections, Zero Discrimination, Zero AIDS related deaths.�
Itanagar Correspondent writes: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today officially launched the Adolescence Education Programme (AEP) for the State here in a ceremony hosted by Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS).
The State Government has partnered with UNESCO, New Delhi for implementing the AEP targeting students of class VIII and IX in the State.
Launching the programme, Tuki said the young people need to know about the menace of HIV/AIDS and have fair knowledge on preventive measures. He expressed concern that 80 per cent of new HIV infection in the State happens in the age group of 10 to 39 years.
Shillong Correspondent adds: The Day was commemorated here through various programmes and activities aimed at raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and to demonstrate international solidarity. Organised by the Meghalaya AIDS Control Society (MACS), the observation witnessed a range of activities based on this year�s theme.
Urban Affairs Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh said that parents and elders have a major role to play by communicating to their wards so that youths do not fall prey into the habit of drug abuse, which is one of the causes of HIV/AIDS in the State.
Newmai News adds: World Aids Day was today observed in the State under the aegis of Mizoram State Aids Control Society. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla invited the people to rededicate themselves on the occasion of World Aids Day in helping people in need of help like HIV/AIDS patients.
Mizoram has the second most number of HIV positive people in India. It is reported that while AIDS is declining in bigger States, the number is increasing in Mizoram. From 1990 till 2015 July, 10,448 people were found to be infected with HIV positive while 1,102 people died of AIDS in the State.
Imphal Correspondent adds: World AIDS Day was observed across Manipur on Tuesday. The main State-level observation was held here with Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh as the chief guest.
Six doctors serving people living with HIV/AIDS were honoured on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Ibobi said necessary steps are being taken up to provide facilities for free HIV testing centres besides strengthening the Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) centres in the hill areas of the State.