Seventy HIV positive children, as well as those who have lost their parents to the dreaded disease, showed their creative side by enthusiastically participating in different competitions organised by UP Network for HIV positive people and UP State AIDS Control Society, on the occasion of World Orphans Day, on Friday.
In painting competition, Ankita, Anchal and Adarsh secured first, second and third position, respectively. In singing competition, Shikha, Nikhil and Anchal secured first, second and third position, respectively. The children also participated in quiz competition.
Assistant District AIDS Control Programme Officer Dr SAM Meesum and Medical Officer, Anti-retroviral Treatment (ART) centre distributed prizes to the winners of different competitions. All the children who had participated in one or the other competition also received consolation prize.
On the occasion, Dr Meesum said different programmes should be organised for HIV positive children and those who have lost their parents to HIV, so that they do not feel secluded from the society.
UPNP+ founder president Naresh Yadav said the children had come from Pratapgarh and Kaushambi, besides Allahabad for participating in the programme. This is for the first time, a programme for these kids have been organised on World Orphan Day, he added. "The children are in the age group of five to 14 years," he added.
Project Director SP Goel, Nirmal Tewari, Vishal Chari, Ajita Yadav, Arvind Yadav, Sanjeet Sharma were also present on the occasion.