Women can play pivotal role in generating AIDS awareness:CM

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Shimla, Mar 8 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today said mass awareness about the effects of HIV/AIDS was the need of the hour to save the society from the dreaded disease and added that 2622 Anganwari Centres would be considered as Red Ribbon Clubs in the State.

He was addressing the first of its kind Convention of Anganwari Workers and Members of Self Help Groups for empowering women in fight against HIV/AIDS on the occasion of International Women's Day in the State-Level Function organised by Health and Family Welfare Department at Baddi in Solan district today.

Mr Dhumal felicitated the women of the State on the International Women's Day and congratulated the organizers for launching he campaign.

He said that cure was yet to be found for AIDS, of which there were about 3.32 lakh HIV/AIDS patients in the country while the State had identified 2622 such cases many of the affected being women.

Mr Dhumal said that women could play pivotal role in generating awareness about the disease and appreciated the endeavour of Anganwari Workers for helping the Government to create awareness among the people especially in the rural areas.

The Chief Minister released the CD produced by AIDS Control Society in assistance with I&PR Department to create awareness among masses about the disease.

He also administered the HIV/AIDS protection pledge to the people.

Health Minister Dr. Rajiv Bindal, welcomed the Chief Minister and appealed all sections of the society especially women to contribute in making the society AIDS free.

Dr. Sulakshana Puri, Project Director, HP State AIDS Control Society apprised the Chief Minister of the activities of the society.

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