Navigation Links
North-Eastern Leaders Of India Meet To Discuss HIV Problems

Parliamentarians and chief ministers of India's northeastern states are expected to sign a declaration to jointly fight HIV/AIDS in a political commitment to combat the disease that has assumed epidemic proportions in the // region.

A daylong conclave on tackling the scourge is being organised Saturday in Assam's main city of Guwahati by the parliamentary committee on HIV/AIDS. UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot is also scheduled to attend.

The meeting is expected to be attended by all the regional chief ministers, a large number of legislators and more than a dozen parliamentarians, besides a number of people living with HIV/AIDS and community healthcare groups.

India's northeast - Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura - has been declared as one of the country's high-risk zones with close to 100,000 people infected with HIV.

'This is the first time that government leaders of all the regional states are coming together to discuss the challenge before us as HIV/AIDS in the northeast has assumed epidemic proportions,' Assam Health Minister Bhumidhar Barman told IANS.

'We hope to come up with a declaration and a pledge to jointly combat the disease. The presence of Piot would be a source of encouragement to all of us.'

S.I. Ahmed, head of the AIDS Prevention Society, a frontline community healthcare group in the northeast, said the meeting could be the beginning of a sustained effort at controlling the epidemic.

'Political commitments to combat HIV/AIDS has been successful in several parts of the world like in Thailand, Uganda, Senegal, and Cambodia where the epidemic has shown signs of slowing down,' Ahmed said.

'If the governments agree to work out a comprehensive action plan there is no doubt that we will be able to tackle the menace.'

Authorities fear the disease may further spread because of the region's acute drug problem.

India's northeast lies on the edge of the heroin-producing Golden Triangle of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand and independent estimates have put the number of regular intravenous drug users in the region at up to 300,000 -- a key cause of HIV infection here.

'More than promiscuity it is the sharing of needles among intravenous drug users in the northeast that is responsible for spreading HIV-AIDS at an alarming rate,' Ahmed said.

India accounts for about 5.1 million HIV-positive people, next only to South Africa. 'The meeting would discuss ways and means to work out a systematic and scientific approach by using all the resources available with the governments to control the disease,' the health minister said.

--IANS
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Imbalance In Gender Ratio Addressed By Religious Leaders
2. Religious Leaders condemn determination of sex in hospitals
3. Need For Social Churning Emphasized In CMC Meet On ‘Leadership In Healthcare
4. Muslim Leaders’ Help Sought To Discourage Smokin
5. Religious Leaders Come In The Way Of Euthanasia
6. G8 Leaders Vows to Combat Infectious Diseases Worldwide
7. Muslim Leaders Urge Community to Join Anti-Polio Drive
8. Spiritual Leaders Join Together to Fight Against HIV/AIDS in India
9. Help of Minority Leaders Needed to Curb Polio: Ramadoss
10. World Leaders React to Libyan Court Decision
11. Is Diabetes the Leading Cause of Kidney Failure in India
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Many families have long-term insurance ... care insurance companies have a waiver for care if the client has a cognitive ... the family pays for care, is often waived, so the benefits from their insurance ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Talented host, actor ... on sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," which is an award-winning ... innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and integrity. , Sciatica occurs ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... CitiDent and San Francisco dentists, ... cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as 18 million Americans are estimated to ... breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant relief to about 75 percent of people ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... AccentCare, a leader in post-acute health care, have expanded their existing home health ... Home Health. , AccentCare has been operating a joint venture home health company ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... On Saturday, October 21, the Health ... Miles by Moonlight to raise money for the American Heart Association Heart Walk. Teams ... Teams will work together to keep their treadmills moving for 5 hours. Treadmills will ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/4/2017)... , Oct. 4, 2017  South Korean-based healthcare product ... training aide "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device will educate ... cardiac arrests with better efficiency compared to the dated ... real-time feedback on efficacy of the compression for a ... has a goal to raise $5,000. ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2, 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... the third quarter of 2017 on Tuesday, October 24, ... that day with the investment community and media to ... conference call will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time. ... live webcast of the conference call through a link ...
(Date:9/28/2017)... 28, 2017 Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC), ... call and webcast on Friday, November 3, 2017, beginning ... ending at approximately 8:30 a.m. (CDT) / 9:30 a.m. ... 2017 financial performance and guidance for 2018, Hill-Rom executives ... enhance operational performance, and long-range financial outlook through 2020. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: