SHILLONG, May 29: A one day training programme for District Resource Team for Laboratory Technician in every CHC and PHC of East Khasi Hills district was today held at Pasture Conference Hall, Lawmali.
The training programme was organized by the Meghalaya AIDS Control Society, Shillong, Meghalaya in collaboration with Primal Swasthya Research Institute Manage and Pan India.
Speaking at the inaugural address, Director of Health Service (DHS- Research) Dr. T Nongkhlaw said, “The number of case of HIV AIDS has been increasing in the state of Meghalaya and in the last 5-6 years there has been an increase of about maybe 0.77 percent.”
He said that this is an important training programme which will impart knowledge on those people working in CHC and PHCs on how to screen pregnant woman for HIV and Syphilis.
“There should be a commitment and people should work sincerely to try and eradicate this disease and virus from our society completely,” he said.
He urged the trainees attending the training programme to take what they have learned and work towards eradicating the disease from the society.
Meanwhile, Dr. S Lyngdoh Project Director, MACS informed that an order has been passed by both the state and central government on the need to screen pregnant women for HIV and Syphilis.
The Project Director also informed that the state of Meghalaya is ranked third behind Nagaland and Manipur in the North East with highest number of HIV cases.
“If we don’t take strong initiative or screen the pregnant woman for HIV and Syphilis our state might even over take these two other North eastern state in the near future,” he said.