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AIDS awareness van flagged off in Jalandhar district

AIDS awareness van flagged off in Jalandhar district

Civil Surgeon flags off an AIDS awareness van in Jalandhar. Tribune Photo



Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 10

Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Ghotra on Wednesday flagged off an AIDS/HIV awareness van in the district to spread AIDS awareness in Jalandhar.

The van will stay in Jalandhar until November 26 and will spread AIDS awareness in various areas. Civil Surgeon Dr. Ranjit Ghotra, Assistant Civil Surgeon Dr. Varinder Kaur Thind, District Family Welfare Officer Dr. Raman Gupta, District Immunisation Officer Dr Rakesh Chopra, District Health Officer Dr. Arun Verma, District Dental Officer Dr. Baljit Ruby, SMO Dr. Rajiv Sharma, District TB Officer Dr. Ragupriya, Dr. Satinder Kaur, District Programme Manager Dr. Sanjeev Malhan, Deputy MEIO Paramjit Kaur, BEE Manav Sharma, Distrsict BCC Coordinator Neeraj Sharma, among others were present on the occasion.

Civil Surgeon Dr. Ranjit Ghotra said AIDS was a disease which attacks our immune system.

He also said with the help of the AIDS awarenss van, free HIV tests of people will also be conducted and counsellors will spread awareness among people about prevention from AIDS and the myths about it.

Discussing the reasons of the spread of AIDS infection the Civil Surgeon said AIDS is caused by unprotected sex with an HIV infected person, transfusion of HIV infected blood, sharing of HIV infected syringes and from an HIV positive mother to her child.

District Family Welfare Officer Dr Raman Gupta said, the van would cover over 100 villages going from village level to spread AIDS awareness.

He said on Thursday the van will head to Kala Bakra, covering the villages near it and on the next two days it will be heading to Adampur and its villages. He said on subsequent days it will head to villages in other blocks.

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