Aizawl, March 17: Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla today asked MLAs in the State to intensify the fight against HIV/AIDS and Cancer in which, he said, Mizoram holds unwelcome top positions at the national level. This is high time to intensify the effort to remove the bad records, CM said.
Highlighting that Mizoram has the highest percentage record regarding consumption of tobacco and related products and as a result of it, it has the most number of Cancer patients, and also that the state ranks second in HIV positive patients in India, CM asked the MLAs to educate the people everywhere they make speech.
The State MLAs gathered at the State Assembly House Annexe Recess Room for a workshop on HIV/AIDS and Health Care Scheme. The workshop was conducted by Health Minister and Legislative Forum on AIDS (LFA) Chairman Lal Thanzara.
The Legislative Forum on AIDS (LFA) was set up with the initiative of Health Minister on July 7, 2015 by a gathering of State MLAs. Headed by Chairman and Secretary, it has 12 Executive Committee members.
In the workshop today, LFA Secretary Dr. K.Beichhua gave report on the initiatives of the forum while MSACS Project Director Dr.Lalmalsawmi Sailo and Mizoram State Health Care Society CEO Dr.Biakthansangi using PowerPoint gave instruction on Health Care Scheme and HIV.
As per the report given in the day, From MLA fund Rs. 1 lakh each has been contributed for the initiative towards HIV/AIDS and the accumulated amount Rs. 40 lakh has been kept in the MSACS account for use, as per the decision of LFA meeting on January 27, on CD4 Count Machine, syringe and needle, condom, STI medicine, blood donation campaign and other needs.
The first HIV case in Mizoram was found in October 1990. Since then, the number keeps on increasing. Before 2000, HIV cases were found mostly among people using drugs, among others but after 2000, the number of people contracting the disease from sex keeps on increasing to the extent that after 2010, more than 70% of HIV cases have been from sex, and, moreover, more than 70% of them from among common people.
According to MSACS Project Director Dr. Lalmalsawmi, the percentage of HIV patients in Mizoram is 0.67%, the second highest in India. Dr. Lalmalsawmi said that if fullest effort is not made now and without any delay, after 5 years from now the disease would spread so fast that it would be unstoppable.
Speaking about Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) and Mizoram Health State Health Care Scheme, Dr.Biakthansangi said that it is important to make people aware of the schemes in order that they are used for its rightful purpose. Registration is to be done by each family at sub-centre during March – May, 2016 and workers will go where there is no Sub-Centre, CEO said and called on MLAs to help ensure that the people in their respective constituency got registered within stipulated time. The two schemes would benefit people who are not government servants.