A one-day media sensitisation programme on ‘Newly Adopted HIV/AIDS (Prevention and Control) Act 2017’ was held at Mao/Poumai catholic community hall in Senapati district headquarters on Wednesday, in a move to sensitise the media persons to have a good grasp of new issues related to HIV/AIDS.
The workshop organised by the KTT, Manipur with the support of MSACS was attended by Khelen Thokchom Trust (KTT) president Robert Sapam, assistant director IEC and Mainstreaming Phanjoubam Lanngamba, IEC and Mainstreaming Omajit Leishangthem and state Targeted Intervention (TI) coordinator Ksh Deepak of Manipur State AIDS Control Society (MSACS), stated a release.
On the occasion, Kh Deepak said that nine of 16 districts in Manipur are high category districts while the remaining seven districts are in moderate category, it stated.
“This trend shows that HIV/AIDS is still a concern for the border state,” he said. At present, 54 NGOs are taking up TI programmes through 63 integrated council and testing centres, 59 Opioid Substitution Therapy centres and 13 antiretroviral therapy centres across the state, he mentioned.
Omajit also spoke on media ethics on HIV/AIDS reporting and HIV/AIDS (Prevention & Control) Act 2017, it stated.
Most of the speakers expressed that the day’s sensitisation programme was held to give awareness to media persons in different parts of the state on how to write factually correct news on various sensitive issues including the HIV/AIDS related ones, it further stated.
The KTT functionaries also highlighted the roles of the media persons based in Senapati in disseminating the information, it mentioned.
It stated that journalists and correspondents of media houses based in Senapati were present during the workshop.
KTT had organised similar workshops on issues in Churachandpur and Ukhrul district headquarters on August 31 and September 3, respectively, it added.