SEVERAL PROGRAMMES were organised across the State capital on Friday to observe the World AIDS Day. Addressing the main function held at Samanvay Bhavan in New Market, Governor Dr Balram Jakhar urged the young generation to become more aware and sensitive towards HIV/AIDS and their prevention.
He said a nation attained its strength through its youth force and it was the duty of all youngsters to live up to that role. Dr Jakhar advised the youth to develop a balanced lifestyle and act as role models to their peers and other people.
State Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi said the State Government was making concerted efforts towards the control of HIV/AIDS and even the national joint review commission had lauded the State. He emphasised the need of greater public participation and awareness in the State Government’s efforts for preventing the further spread of HIV/AIDS.
MP State AIDS Control Society (MPSACS) Director Saleena Singh informed about various initiatives taken by the Society for AIDS prevention. She said sensitisation of MLAs, corporators, panchayat representatives and vice-chancellors of universities had been undertaken. Besides, Red Ribbon clubs had been formed in schools and colleges in collaboration with NSS.
Saleena Singh added the State was first in terms of voluntary blood donation percentage, which was considered to be a very effective way of preventing HIV infection through blood transfusion. The voluntary blood donation percentage in MP was 55 while the national average was 53.
A skit ‘Yam ki Chinta’ was organised during the programme while a movie ‘Meena ki Kahani’ was also screened. About 600 NCC cadets and other youth attended the programme. Health Department Principal Secretary M M Upadhyay, UNICEF representative Hamid Al Baseer and other officials were also present.
Later, an AIDS awareness rally was also flagged-off from the venue. Saleena Singh flagged off the rally in which the NCC cadets took part and raised slogans for prevention of AIDS.
Governor Jakhar flagged-off another AIDS awareness rally of schoolchildren from the Ravindra Bhavan. About 3000 students from 10 City schools took part in the rally that went through Polytechnic Square, Roshanpura and New Market before culminating at the Kamla Nehru Girls School.
The Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) Bhopal branch also organised street-plays and poster exhibition on AIDS awareness and prevention issues during the handicrafts exhibition at the Bhopal Haat.