Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga (File image)

Kicking off an HIV/AIDS sensitization campaign in Aizawl on Friday, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga made a clarion call to fight and combat the disease in the state.

“The present status of HIV/AIDS in Mizoram is quite alarming,” he said.

“Mizoram has the dubious distinction of being the highest HIV prevalent state in the country,” the CM informed.

“The deadly disease should be fought on war footing so that the state can register a low rate of its occurrence,” Zoramthanga added.

“Efforts should be made with renewed vigour to spread awareness about the disease and its treatment and prevention,” the CM added.

He also appealed all to pay attention to the various important measures taken up by the government and medical experts for combatting the deadly disease.

The Aizawl District AIDS Prevention and Control Committee launched a sensitization program on AIDS covering every government offices within Aizawl.

In the first phase, the sensitization programme will be launched in 10 selected government offices in Aizawl, with the secretariat being the first.

Mizoram recorded the highest HIV prevalence rate in the country with 2.04 percent, followed by Manipur (1.43 per cent) and Nagaland (1.15 per cent).

It is been estimated that at least seven people are diagnosed with HIV positive daily in Aizawl.

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