ITANAGAR, Nov. 11: By stating that awareness is a better tool to fight HIV / AIDS, Deputy Minister Chowna Mein called on youth to educate the public about HIV / AIDS.
"Young people can play a vital role in raising public awareness of HIV / AIDS, its causes, transmission patterns and preventative measures," Mein said when he met the massive final of the Red Rockfest Multimedia Campaign (MMC) on Sunday.
By pointing out that drug injection (IDU) has emerged as the main mode of transmission of HIV, Mein has emphasized the need to maintain vigilance at all transit points to control drug smuggling.
"There is a need for a seamless mechanism to control the drug disaster, including illicit opium cultivation," he said.
Mein said that the state government will provide full support to the health department in the implementation of such awareness programs.
Health Minister Alo Libang said: "This is our attempt to reach the masses and motivate HIV testing among people and the treatment of people living with HIV.
"Such an awareness campaign would also help clear HIV / AIDS stigma and encourage people to go for HIV testing," he added, adding that early detection and proper treatment can prolong the lives of people living with HIV.
Director of Health Services Dr. M Lego said that HIV is a syndrome and everyone can get in touch with him if they are not aware of HIV, its causes, the mode of transmission, and protective measures.
APSACS project director Arunachal Pradesh Riken Rina informed that the MMC, entitled "Yes to Life! The Musical Way Against HIV / AIDS", was launched in Yingkiong on 14 September by the Minister for Health and Family Protection.
He said the Red Rockfest winner will become Ambassador to MMC APSACS for the next year and will represent the state at the competition for rock concerts at the regional level, to be held in February 2019 in Kohima, Nagaland, where all winners from eight northeastern states will compete among themselves champion title.
Previously, Mein and Libang awarded the 50,000 Rs cash prize to The Megh. The first winner, AR01 & # 39; and the second winner, The Demon, got Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000. The band "Heatstroke" received a consolation prize of 10,000 Rs.
Red Rockfest organized APSACS with the support of the National AIDS Control Organization.