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Appeal to stop stigma and discrimination of COVID 19 +Positive  Friends.

IT News

Imphal, March 24

Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) expressed shocked over the comments and post in the social media which went viral since the morning with regard to the result of the Covid 19 +Positive of a 23 year old girl who is now under strict medical attention at JNIMS, Imphal.

“We would like to inform the masses that we have a deep fear that if such stigma and discrimination and victimisation continues than possible +Positive friends may not turn up to report due to the fear of facing the same”,  a statement said.

The Forum said that in the 1980’s and 1990’s during the peak hour of outbreak of HIV/AIDS in Manipur, there were large scale stigma and discrimination to the victims of HIV/AIDS as result of the same the frustrated victims intentionally did spread the disease through intentional sharing of syringe, or passing the same from male to female and female to male. On the other hand due to increase in stigma and discrimination the victim often losses mental stability and try to commit unwanted activities such as suicide and other anti social activities.

In order to avoid the same, it is high time to provide proper Psychosocial Support and counselling to avoid depression for those +Positive friends though they are kept in isolation. It is important to encourage the +Positive friends in such a way that they did what they could so as the virus is not spread to the people, the statement said and appealed the people to stop Stigmatizing and Discriminating the + Positive friends who are fighting hard for their lives. Further appeal the people to stay safe at home to save our future which is under threat due to this deadly Covid19.


Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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