Red Ribbon Express at Udhampur for AIDS awareness
Udhampur/Jammu, November, 17 (Scoop News) – Stressing greater need to spread awareness and promote services on HIV/AIDS across the state among common masses, the Minister for Health, Horticulture & Floriculture, Sham Lal Sharma called upon the officers, local public, representatives and field functionaries of different departments to put in their sincere and dedicated efforts to initiate a comprehensive campaign to mobilize peoples against this life consuming disease. Inaugurating the Red Ribbon Express (RRE), a multi media supported exhibition on HIV/AIDS at Udhampur Railway station on Wednesday, the Minister said that elected public representatives, Anganwari workers, ASHA Workers, field functionaries of other departments and students should share their noble responsibility in spreading the message regarding prevention and control of dreaded disease, AIDS in their respective jurisdictions.
The Red Ribbon express is an initiative of the National Aids Control Organizations (NACO) in collaboration with National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Ministry of Railways, UNICEF,
Extending Eid greeting to the people of the state, the Minister said, “Let us strive together to make our society and country a healthy and prosperous nation by achieving excellence in every field and leading our lives based on moral values”. He hoped that Red Ribbon Express at Udhampur Railway Station would prove a great help in disseminating information, developing and understanding about the disease to reduce stigma and discrimination against the people living with HIV/AIDS and help public to adopt preventive health habits and life style.
MLA Balwant Singh Mankotia and Krishan Chander Bhagat also spoke on the occasion and lauded the efforts of National AIDS Control Organization for creating mass awareness about the most challenging disease of the world. They urged upon the students and field functionaries of different departments to launch worlds largest mass mobilization campaign on HIV/ AIDS.
The Train consists of six coaches depicting cause of spreading of AIDS, preventive information and training in health care. The Exhibition on Train would remain open from November 17th to November 19th, 2010 at Railway station Udhampur.
A colourful cultural programme on AIDS awareness was also presented by the students of different educational institutions which was highly appreciated by the audience.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Surinder Gupta, Director Health Services, Jammu, Dr. Ashok Sharma, Director Floriculture, OSD to Minister, Dr. Y.P. Sharma Additional District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Assistant Commissioner Development, Programme Officer ICDS, Chief Medical Officer, , Chief Education Officer, Udhampur, District Heads of various Departments, representatives of various political parties including R.S. Pathania and Shakeel Shah, prominent citizens, ASHAs and Anganwari workers , heads of educational institutional and students were present on the occasion.
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