Arunachal observes World AIDS Day

ITANAGAR, Dec 1: Arunachal Pradesh joined the rest of the world in observing the World AIDS Day.
The NCC and NSS units of Dera Natung Government College jointly organized a lecture on UNAIDS’ theme “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community” at the College Conference Hall as part of the World AIDS Day celebration.
Doimukh College Principal Dr MQ Khan emphasized on role of the community in ending the AIDS by creating awareness. Busting major myths and social stigmas associated with AIDS/HIV Dr Khan elucidated 5 prominent carriers of HIV and urged the students to live a healthy and hygienic life.
DNGC Principal Dr NT Rikam spoke on how local community can make a difference and advised students to be the ambassador and volunteer whenever and wherever possible in creating awareness of HIV/AIDS.
Earlier, introducing this year’s theme, Associate Professor Dr P Nanda highlighted the history of AIDS and its clinical and social aspects.
The lecture was attended by 126 students and 8 faculty members including NSS Programme Officers, Pate Jumshi and Talom Taloh.
The Lohit district AIDS Prevention & Control Unit observed the day at Govt. Primary School, Panbari Village.
District Aids Control Officer Dr UK Nath educated the public about different modes of transmission of HIV/AIDS and its preventive measures.
Zonal General Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr C Tayang spoke about HIV/AIDS prevalence and its burden in the society.
DVBDCO Dr S. Towang stressed on the need of creating awareness among health care delivery personnel for effective and quality health care services to the people living with HIV/AIDS.
He advised the people to attend such awareness programme to get right information and knowledge regarding HIV/AIDS and also to prevent themselves from HIV/AIDS.
Head of Field Outreach Bureau P Sonowal also spoke.
Around 150 villagers from Panbari and nearby villages, students, ASHA and Anganwadi workers attended the programme.
The Arunachal Pali Vidyapith Society (APVS), Chongkham in collaboration with Community Health Centre, Chongkham and Project AHANA observed the World Aids Day at the Arunachal Pali Vidyapith campus.
Teachers and students from Arunachal Pali Vidyapith joined the event along with the members of the Targeted Intervention Projects for prevention of HIV/AIDS being run by APVS under Arunachal Pradesh AIDS Control Society.
Medical Officer in-charge Dr Chantikung Namchoom spoke on the importance of observing the day and creating public awareness about HIV/AIDS.
Chowjet Gogoi,Programme Manager, TI Project, Chongkham highlighted the activities of the National AIDS Control Organization and the importance of information, education and communication in order to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
APVS secretary Indrajit Tingwa also spoke on the occasion and underlined the need to know about HIV/AIDS so that it can be prevented.
“Prevention and awareness can only ensure that the HIV/AIDS menace is wiped out by the target year of 2030,” he said.
The Department of Social Work of Himalayan University observed the day by performing street plays to raise public awareness about HIV/AIDS and to bring people together to demonstrate solidarity in the face of the pandemic on Words Aids Day.
They performed street plays at Akashdeep, Zero Point, BB Plaza, D Sector shopping Mall and displayed the various modes of transmission of HIV/AIDS, like unprotected sex, drug abuse, blood transfusion etc.
The World AIDS Day was observed in Jairampur by RK Mossang Memorial Society.