A media sensitisation workshop on the newly adopted ‘HIV/AIDS (Prevention and Control) Act 2017’ organised by the Khelen Thokchom Trust (KTT), Manipur was held at Peaceland community hall, Longmai Part IV of Noney district on Thursday.
A statement stated the workshop was organised by the Khelen Thokchom Trust (KTT), Manipur in collaboration with Noney district working journalists’ union (NoDWJU) with the support of Manipur State AIDS Control Society (MSACS) in a move to sensitise the media persons to have a good grasp of new issues related to HIV/AIDS.
The event was attended by KTT advisor Irengbam Arun, assistant director of IEC and Mainstreaming Phanjoubam Lanngamba of MSACS, and NoDWJU president D Pouhoilung, it mentioned.
It continued that Irengbam Arun spoke on the different activities taken up by KTT in building the capacities of the media persons in Manipur. He stated that such a sensitisation programme was organised to give awareness to the media persons regarding the reporting of sensitive issues, including HIV/AIDS-related topics, it added.
Phanjoubam Lanngamba presented a PowerPoint presentation and highlighted the concerning issue of the high sexual transmission rate of HIV/AIDS in Tamenglong and Noney districts, it stated. “He continued that the Manipur State Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (Ombudsman and Legal Proceeding) Rules 2020 was framed earlier, followed by the appointment of an Ombudsman under these rules. He also added that it is essential for all the people and the stakeholders to be aware of the details of the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Act 2017,” it read.
D Pouhoilung mentioned that the HIV and AIDS (Prevention & Control) Act 2017 which was enacted to check and control the transmission of HIV was published in the Gazette of India on April 21 of 2017, before it was published in the State gazette on February 3 of 2021, the statement continued.
It can be mentioned that KTT has been organising such a kind of media workshop on various topics and issues for the journalists working in different districts of Manipur for the last few years, it added.