State AIDS Control Society organises AIDS awareness camps

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Chandigarh, Mar 8 (UNI) Celeberating International Women's Day, State AIDS Control Society, Chandigarh today organised various activities to promote health awareness among the women and address the issue of feminisation of HIV/ AIDS pandemic.

To mark the occasion, SACS put up a stall at Mega Health Mela, inaugurated by Chandigarh Home Secretary cum Secretary Health Krishna Mohan here to educate women about the safe sexual practices and to disseminate the messages regarding HIV/AIDS awareness. More than 1,000 women and children visited the stall.

In a workshop organised by SACS in collaboration with the Indian Medical Association at the IMA complex here, Dr Vanita Gupta, Project Director, State AIDS Control Society, Chandigarh and Dr S K Arora from PGIMER sensitised about 90 private practitioners on the recent issues relating to HIV/ AIDS.

Dr Gupta also laid stress upon the women's advancement and highlighted the need for continued vigilance and action by the community.

HIV/AIDS awareness camp was also organised at the Central Industrial Security Force unit posted at the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat. About 200 Officers and staff of the CISF participated in the camp.

In all the programmes, the IEC-cum-ICTC van of the State AIDS Control Society, equipped with counselor and lab technician, was provided at all the sites to extend free testing facility for the general public. More than 100 people availed the free testing facility.

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