CM calls for unified efforts to defeat HIV/AIDS scourge

MEDIA CELL,
Chief Minister’s Office,
Itanagar,
Arunachal Pradesh
PRESS RELEASE 

Dec 01, 2015

CM calls for unified efforts to defeat HIV/AIDS scourge

ITANAGAR December 1, 2015:Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today officially launched the Adolescence Education Program (AEP) for the state to mark the World AIDS Day here in a ceremony hosted by the Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS).


In order to promote holistic adolescent health and empower young people with information, skills and values to make decisions concerning their health, the state government has partnered with UNESCO, New Delhi, in implementing the adolescence education program targeting students of class 8 and 9 in the state. UNESCO, New Delhi is supporting the Center for Catalyzing Change (C3), formerly CEDPA India to integrate sustainable adolescence education program within the education system of Arunachal Pradesh.


Launching the program, Tuki appreciated the initiative to focus on adolescents from the age group of 10 to 19 for creating awareness in holistic decision making on health issues, particularly HIV/AIDS. He said the young people need to know about the menace of HIV/AIDS and have fair knowledge on preventive measures.


Calling upon all to spread the awareness on HIV/AIDS, Tuki stressed on the responsibilities of elected representatives, elders, teachers and parents in this regard. He appealed all elected representatives to include few words to create awareness whenever they get an opportunity to address the people, especially the young.


He expressed concern on the information that 80% of new HIV infection in Arunachal Pradesh happens in the age group of 10 to 39 years. With the launch of AEP in Arunachal Pradesh, he however, felt that the fight against HIV/AIDS will be strengthened.


"Young people will be equipped with knowledge, skills and values to make responsible choices about their behavior and social responsibilities," he said.
Tuki informed that in collaboration with SCERT and NCERT, Health Department and experts, the Government will review and improve the school curriculum content to ensure that adolescence education program forms a part of school curricula and is regularly transacted in each and every school.


He also said that issues of adolescent health will be included in B.Ed and syllabus of all recruitment and promotional examinations.


In a out-of-way initiative, the Chief Minister suggested that a tagline on HIV/AIDS may be composed, which can be used as a salutation while greeting each other as well as to open or conclude a public lecture. He also suggested the concerned department to initiate a SMS-alert system on HIV/AIDS that can be transmitted in bulk to all mobile-phone users.


"This way we will be constantly reminding people of HIV/AIDS and make them stay alert against the menace," Tuki pointed.

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