Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Mrs. Jean Rodrigues full support for combating the AIDS

CHANDIGARH, JUNE 6: Assuring full support for combating the AIDS epidemic, Mrs. Jean Rodrigues, wife of Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, called NGOs to adopt villages and slums with a focused endeavour on preventive steps and awareness programmes, through an institutionalized system. She called upon the social voluntary organizations to help this initiative and lead the community in tackling this dreaded disease.
Addressing an impressive function after releasing AAKANKSHA, a documentary film and booklet Man Jeete Jag Jeet, on HIV/AIDS awareness, at Drop-in Centre for HIV positive people at International Hostel, Sector 15, here today, Mrs. Rodrigues said that the magnitude of this grave problem can be gauged from the alarming increase in the cases over the years, despite the efforts being made at different levels. There is an urgent need to further strengthen the AIDS Control measures through education, information and awareness with a well- managed monitoring system.
Appreciating the work being done by the Chandigarh AIDS Control Centre, Mrs. Rodrigues said that it has done good work, but more concerted efforts, in a systematic and pragmatic way, are required to realize the objective. She said that the medical fraternity, social voluntary organizations and individual philanthropists have to work with devotion and dedication to spearhead the crusade to educate public opinion against his menace.
Mrs. Jean Rodrigues also went round the Drop-in Centre set up by the AIDS Control Society and planted a sapling of Amaltaas in the Campus.
In her welcome address, Dr. Sonia Trikha, Project Director, State AIDS Control Society said that the production of a book and a film for HIV positive people is a good effort which will help in disseminating useful information and imparting proper knowledge and awareness to overcome HIV positive problem. She emphasized that such endeavours will help in ending stigma and discrimination attached with HIV/AIDS.
Ms Pooja Thakur, President of Chandigarh Network of People living with AIDS emphasized the need for a collective effort for eradication of AIDS and support from all sections of society for this cause.
Mrs. Swati Sharma, Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society proposed vote of thanks. Prominent among others who were present on the occasion included Mr. P.H. Vaishnav, IAS (Retd.), Dr. Usha Bishnoi, Joint Director Health (UT) Dr. G. Dewan, Deputy Medical Superintendent, Representatives of various NGOs educational and medical institutions.
Chandigarh Desk
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