Dimapur, May 15 (EMN): The monthly meeting of the district planning and development board of Tuensang was held on May 14 in Tuensang during which various issues, such as the district’s high HIV prevalence rate, were discussed.
The meeting was presided over by subdivision officer (civil) Ajit Kumar, updates informed on Wednesday.
The government publicity agency, the department of Information and Public Relations (IPR), gave updates on May 15 about the meeting.
According to the IPR, an executive engineer for highways, unnamed in the report, expressed the need to follow up on the proposal for extension of the National Highway 202 into a two-lane road from zero to 95 Km in the first phase.
Another matter that the board discussed was sports. The president of the Tuensang District Taekwondo Association, also unnamed in the IPR report, gave a representation. The presentation sought financial assistance ‘for the celebration of the successful 25th year anniversary,’ the updates stated.
Another point of discussion was about registering the ‘Tuensang district table tennis association.’
The matter was entrusted on “the concerned authority” to forward a representation for said matter, the IPR stated.
Another matter that the board officials discussed during the event was HIV and its reach among the population of Tuensang district. The project coordinator of nongovernmental organisation working in the area, the Kripa Foundation, highlighted the prevalence of HIV and drug abuse in the district, the IPR stated.
Tuensang district leads with a ‘very high’ number of HIV positive cases, ranking the second in the state, the IPR stated.
Project coordinator Ketho, no surname given in the report, was stated to have urged the public and civil authorities in the area to campaign and publicise the epidemic of HIV and substance abuse.
Further, the IPR added, officials working in the area are said to have ‘highlighted the facilities available in the district to prevent the same.’