Don’t discriminate against AIDS patients

Don’t discriminate against AIDS patients
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Different awareness programmes were conducted by government and non-government agencies in the erstwhile Warangal district, marking World AIDS Day, on Friday.

Warangal: Different awareness programmes were conducted by government and non-government agencies in the erstwhile Warangal district, marking World AIDS Day, on Friday.

In Warangal, NCC cadets and NSS volunteers have took out separate awareness rallies marking the occasion. The NSS volunteers of AVV Junior College have taken out a rally from the college to MGM Hospital, sporting 87-feet red ribbon and placards.

The rally was flagged off by the College Principal D Raghupathi and was organised by NSS programme officer Kodimala Sreenivas Rao. Addressing the gathering, the Principal said unprotected and unhealthy sexual practices were leading to incidence of HIV/AIDS.

Nearly 89 per cent cases of HIV/AIDS were caused due to unsafe sex. To completely eradicate this menace, NSS volunteers must launch awareness campaigns to educate public vulnerable to this disease to say no to sex with unknown persons. There was a need to inculcate Indian values and traditional family system that prevents people from indulging in sexual relation with person other than spouse. Lions Club of Warangal president Bhujender Reddy and the college staff participated.

In another programme at Kakatiya University, the SDLCE Director Ch Dinesh Kumar flagged off a rally by students and NSS volunteers. He told the students to create awareness among the public in rural areas and not show stigma towards HIV patients. The SDLCE faculty and staff members S Malleshwar, S Srinivas and others were present.

At LB College, the in-charge Principal N Padmanabha Rao flagged off a rally. Speaking on the occasion, he suggested that it was wrong to discriminate against HIV/AIDS patients but should have a sympathetic approach towards them. He wanted the NCC cadets to be at the fore front in educating the public.

The NCC cadets of the college also organised Swachh Bharat Pakhwada programme at Ayodhyapuram, Rangampet and Ramannapet colonies and cleaned the streets. The 10 (T) BN NCC Warangal Group commanding officer colonel Shalabh Tripathi, major V Sricharan, JCO Lakshman Patil, senior under officer K Naresh and others took part in the programme.

At a programme at Arts & Science College auditorium the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) secretary T Annierose Christian, Joint-Collector S Dayanand, district medical and health officer Dr B Harishraj, additional DMHO Dr P Madanmohan Rao and KMC Principal Dr V Chandrashekar released a CD brought by Telangana State AIDS Control Society on HIV/AIDS awareness.

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