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150% increase in HIV-AIDS cases in Meghalaya

Red Fest held with North East United Against HIV/AIDS

Shillong, Feb 28: Meghalaya has recorded a 150 percent increase in HIV-AIDS cases according to the report of the National AIDS Control Society(NACO) in 2022 compared to 2010.

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Addressing the gathering at the campaign  event against HIV-AIDS at Lariti Performance Centre, Mawkasiang, on the outskirts of Shillong  on Wednesday, Deputy Director, NACO Bhawna Rao said while Meghalaya registered 150 per cent increase, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh have seen over 200 per cent increment compared to 2010.

According to Rao, the HIV-AIDS scenario im the North East is alarming.

The project director, Meghalaya AIDS Control Society, Dr B Decruse said that the HIV- AIDS prevalence in Meghalaya currently is 0.42 per cent which is above national average of 0.21 per cent. The prevalence is more in Mizoram, Nagaland and Manipur.

Meghalaya AIDS Control Society hosted the Red Fest – The North East Multimedia Campaign (NEMMC) under North East United Against HIV/AIDS.

There was participation of large number of students and other stakeholders. Commissioner and Secretary, Health Joram Beda, Deputy Commissioner RM Kurbah and Director Sports and Youth Affairs Isawanda Laloo among others spoke on the occasion.

Bands from eight Northeastern states performed on the occasion. Stalls with various designs were put up to create awareness.

The venue was decorated with messages to reduce HIV-AIDS prevalence.

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