Immigration policy to check HIV/AIDS needed in Goa: Shantaram

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Panaji, Aug 17 (UNI) Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik today urged that a comprehensive ''immigration policy'' be evolved to check HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases in the international tourist destination of Goa before it is too late.

He was speaking at a function to mark the inauguration of the ''Red Ribbon Express'', a project of the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO), at Margao railway station.

Mr Naik said the state government should evolve the comprehensive policy soon to check spread of the infectious diseases including malaria with thousands of immigrants from neighbouring states besides tourists from India and abroad visiting Goa every year.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat inaugurated the project in presence of several dignitaries, including the state women's commission chairman Dr Pramod Salgaocar and NACO officials. He also inspected various educative panels displayed inside the train.

The train project was aimed at bringing about awareness of HIV/AIDS among the masses and promote safe behavioural practices in every nook and corner of the country.

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