Kohima, 21 September (MTNews): The Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) organized the ‘Red Run’ State-Level Marathon Race for HIV Awareness and Prevention and foster a culture of healthy living among the youth on 21 September 2023.
The event was flagged off by S Tainiu Khiamniungan NCS, Additional Secretary of the Department of Health & Family Welfare, who emphasized the importance of creating awareness about HIV.
Chaired by Dr Ahu Sekhose, Project Director of NSACS, the event saw a large gathering of participants and supporters. Dr Sekhose highlighted the significance of the Red Run Marathon Race under the Youth Fest initiative, which is backed by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO). He explained that the initiative aims to engage young people in a healthy lifestyle and physical activities to maintain well-being and reduce the risk of lifestyle diseases and HIV/STIs.
Dr Sekhose also elucidated the campaign’s objectives, including raising visibility for HIV and drug abuse issues, promoting safe sexual behavior among youths, and increasing basic knowledge about HIV and related services.
The journey to the State-Level marathon race began with district-level events held on 12 August 2023 in 12 districts of Nagaland to commemorate International Youth Day. A total of 519 students from 58 institutions participated, with 24 district level winners in both male and female categories qualifying to compete at the State level.
The winners of the first and second positions in both male and female categories will represent Nagaland in the upcoming National-level Red Run Marathon scheduled to be held in Goa on 8 October 2023.
The marathon commenced at PHQ Junction, Kohima and concluded at Ruzhukhrie Government Higher Secondary School, Kohima.
The event aimed to educate peers, family members, and the community about HIV prevention practices, promoting support and empathy for those affected by HIV/AIDS, and combating stigma and discrimination. The organizers hope to inspire others to join the fight against HIV and commit to a future free from HIV/AIDS.
The results for the State-Level marathon are as follows:
1st Place: Sangtsoi P from Fazl Ali College, Mokokchung
2nd Place: Witangba N Chewang from St Xavier College, Peren
3rd Place: Sha. S from Government Higher Secondary School, Noklak
1st Place: Sungtiyala C Imchen from Jubilee Memorial College, Mokokchung
2nd Place: Vemuzholu Keyho from Government College, Phek
3rd Place: Moniu C from Government Higher Secondary School, Noklak