World AIDS Day was observed in city on Sunday. Members of various organisations discussed issues related to patients and vouched for creating more awareness in rural areas.
In a seminar organised by Punjab Networking of Positive People Society, members raised the issue of discrimination being faced by patients suffering from HIV/AIDS. They demanded from governments to pay attention towards welfare of such patients.
Programme organiser Jagjeet Singh said spreading right awareness was the only way to prevent from the virus.
“Many drug addicts share syringes which causes HIV. To prevent from this, there is a need to create more awareness in rural areas,” he added.
He said HIV positive patients were also facing discrimination in their own homes, but people don't know that the virus is not transmitted through hugging or shaking hands with HIV positive people.
Sukhdhir Singh Sekhon from Navchetna Bal Bhalai Committee said: “People should follow all precautions. We should keep sympathy towards such patients and raise our voice for their rights too,” he added.
The members from Red Cross Society also participated in the seminar.
Rising Youth Association
Rising Youth Association organised an awareness programme on HIV/AIDS at New Shivaji Nagar to mark World AIDS Day. More than 100 members participated.
Speakers emphasised that there was a need for the youth to understand the issue in proper perspective. HIV/AIDS is a social problem, which also has economic and ethical dimensions.
They shared that there were several myths and misconceptions about the issue, which lead to discrimination against those afflicted with the disease.
Gurinder Chahal, president of the NGO, said the transport sector can play a role in mitigating the transmission of HIV/AIDS because transport routes as well as nature and environment of activities of the sector have been linked to the spread of HIV.
According to reports, the highest incidences of HIV/AIDS infection have been found along transport corridors, where there is a high turnover of truck drivers, he added.
National Integrated Medical Association
National Integrated Medical Association observed World AIDS Day by creating awareness about preventive methods among residents. A team comprising Dr Surinder Gupta, Dr Rajesh Thapar, Dr Satinder Kakar, Dr Rahul Jain and local residents created awareness.
A movie on AIDS awareness 'Saavdhan' was screened to educate people regarding HIV/AIDS. The film carried a great message, including causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention of HIV /AIDS.
Life Line Hospital
On the occasion of World AIDS Day a seminar was organised by Life Line hospital, Gill Road, Ludhiana, in which general practitioners also participated.
Dr Gaurav Maheshwari, consultant liver transplant surgeon from Fortis Hospital, SAS Nagar, addressed the seminar and stressed the need for creating awareness about Aids among people.
Dr RS Maheshwari, Nirmal Kapila, Dr Neelam, Dr Anuradha, Dr Sonu, Dr Amritpal Kaur also participated.
Dr Maheshwari said that the virus could spread from unprotected sexual intercourse, transfusion of infected blood, infected needle exchange during intravenous drug use and sharing syringes. He advised people to follow precautions.