Slew of events mark World AIDS Day

Slew of events mark World AIDS Day

ITANAGAR, Dec 1: The World AIDS Day was observed today observed across the State of Arunachal Pradesh with the theme “Right to Health. My Health My Right”.

In Itanagar, with a view to create awareness on HIV and AIDS among adolescent students, a two-day sports meet was conducted at Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy, Chimpu here on November 30 and December 1. In all, 12 sports events including 100 and 160 metres race for both junior & senior boys and girls, needle race, sack race, tri-legged race, rice race, etc were conducted during the two-day event where nearly 300 athletes took part and winners were later given away prizes.

Special Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) cum Mission Director (NHM) Dr Tapashya Ragav attending the programme as chief guest led the students and other participants of the World AIDS Day to take a pledge to extend voluntary support in the fight against HIV/AIDS, work dedicatedly for the reduction of stigma and discrimination attached to HIV/AIDS and help in creating an enabling environment for the people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHAs).

Speaking on the occasion, the Special Secretary stressed on the need to create a chain of information among the young people in order to prevent and control HIV/AIDS in the State. The knowledge gained should not be just confined to oneself. It should be shared with friends, family members and every near and dear ones so that we remain safe from the disease, she added.

Since Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy has a representative from all the districts of the State, the students from the Academy have important roles to play in disseminating the HIV/AIDS awareness messages to the people across the State specially when they go back to their respective districts, she added.

Director of Health Services, Dr M Lego, in his speech, asked the young students to remain vigilant to stay safe from HIV/AIDS. This is the right age, students should know about preventative aspect of HIV as this disease is easily preventable but not curable, he added.

Project Director of Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) Dr Riken Rina, in his keynote address, highlighted the importance of World AIDS Day and explained the objective of this year’s theme “Right to Health. My Health My Right” which aims at providing people irrespective of their age, gender, where they live or who they love, basic health solution that are available and accessible, free from discrimination and of good quality.

He also stressed on the importance of ABCD of HIV prevention where ‘A’ stands for Abstinence, ‘B’ stands for ‘Be faithful to your partner’, ‘C’ for ‘correct and consistent use of condom’, and ‘D’ stands for ‘avoid drug’. He also highlighted the services available with APSACS for HIV prevention and control in the State.

SLSA Principal Tabia Chobin also spoke on the occasion and stressed on the need for a healthy body and healthy mind for the growth of the nation. Astt Director (TI) Dr Marto Ette, in his speech, asked the students to learn about HIV/AIDS prevention and practice those knowledge in their daily life.

The World AIDS Day function at SLSA, Chimpu organized by APSACS was also joined by CSC VIHAAN and ArNP+ (Arunachal Network of Positive People).

At Miao in Changlang district, the private-run Newman School, Neotan presented a Nukkad Natak (Street Play) to mark the World AIDS Day, in a bid to spread awareness on HIV/AIDS among the students.

Speaking on the occasion, Fr Felix, the school Principal told the students to take good care of oneself and others to prevent from getting infected with HIV. “You should not be afraid but should spread awareness among your parents, relatives and friends about the spread of AIDS and HIV,” he said. “You should hate HIV, but not the people with HIV because they need more care and love.”

The students presented a thematic street play to drive home the message of accepting and loving the HIV patients. Prior to the Nukkad Natak, Barsha Thappa, a tenth grader gave a brief statistics on the AIDS and HIV patients in India and North Eastern region of India. All the students went around the village with red ribbon on their sleeves and placards with messages on caring for the HIV patients.

At Pasighat: The World Aids Day was observed at the premises of Bakin Pertin General Hospital (BPGH), Pasighat today.

To mark the event, staff of AIDS department, health assistants, GNM and ANM trainees of the hospital took out a rally and moved around the township with banners reading ‘My Health My Right’ in the township. It was formally flagged-off by the BPGH Medical Superintendent Dr Y R Darang amid a huge gathering inside the hospital campus.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Darang advised the participants to renew the commitment to fight against AIDS. She said that prevention and compassion are the most reliable ways to deal with this dreaded disease taking care of the people who are afflicted with the deadly HIV.

Seeking public support, Darang said that the infected patients also have the right to live with dignity and we must cooperate and help them. Medical fraternity is constantly striving and taking initiatives on AIDS awareness to reach both in urban and rural areas, she added and distributed pamphlets.

TEZU: To mark the World AIDS Day, the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Lohit district conducted an awareness programme at Jhalukbari village under Tezu circle today. District Medical Officer Dr S Chai Pul, District Programme Officer Dr U K Nath and Sr Medical Officer Dr S Towang reached out to the public and students of the village to create awareness on HIV and educate them about significance of World Aids Day.

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