Mangaluru, Dec 02, 2014: DK DC, AB Ibrahim impressed that the role of students is all important in the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS as they are like messengers for the mass public. He was speaking at the World Aids Day programme organised by Karnataka State Aids Prevention Society, District Legal Services Authority, Mangalore Bar Association, District Health and Family Welfare Department and NSS units of all colleges of Mangalore University, at St Aloysius College auditorium here on November 1, Monday.
Speaking on the subject further, DC Ibrahim stated that the NSS volunteers can create awareness among people. Their actions for better awareness can reduce AIDS cases. Though statistics show that South Indian states have 50 per cent of Aids patients of the country and Karnataka has 10 per cent, there is no need for anxiety. Here people are aware about the disease, unlike in the North.
Principal District and Sessions Judge Uma M G, inaugurating the programme said that most of the time Aids patients don’t share their problems and suffer in depression. So, one should have confidence to share their woes and they should be treated without any discrimination, she said.
Mangalore Bar Association President S P Chengappa said that Aids patients are being abandoned by their family and not getting treatment. So, for the protection of Aids patients, the Central government should implement HIV Act. The student organisations should put pressure on Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda regarding the same, he said.
St Aloysius College Principal Fr Swebert D’Silva said that young people should be aware of Aids and should know the preventive measures. They have more responsibility in bringing the affected people towards mainstream of society and show compassion towards them.
Red ribbon clubs : District AIDS Control Officer Dr Kishore Kumar said that World AIDS Day is being organised under the theme - ‘Bring to zero- new HIV infections, discrimination and AIDS related deaths’, from 2011 to 2015.
District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit is implementing National AIDS Controlling programme in the district. Red Ribbon Clubs have been formed in more than 60 colleges of the district, including degree and PU colleges. In collaboration with the labour department, awareness programme on Aids will be organised in 10 industries, he said.
Senior Civil Judge Ganesh B, District Health and Family Welfare Officer Dr Ramakrishna Rao, Wenlock Hospital District Surgeon Dr Rajeshwari Devi, Mangalore University NSS Coordinator Prof Vineetha Rai were also participated among others.
NOTE : South Indian states house 50 per cent of Aids patients of the country and Karnataka 10 %. 35.3 million people suffer from Aids in the world 10 million are in the age group of 15-24 years India has 2.4 million Aids patients In India, 35 % of patients are below 25 years of age. 50 % of new infections occur in the age group of 15-24 years.