Red Ribbon Express project inagurated at Chandigarh

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Chandigarh, Nov 16 (UNI) UT Home-cum-Health Secretary, Mr Ram Niwas today inaugurated the Red Ribbon Express (RRE) project at the Railway Station here today.

He took a round of the train and said it was an impressive endeavor of National AIDS Control Organisation to make public aware about the HIV/AIDS. The train consisted of seven coaches will be open for visitors till November 17.

While addressing a gathering, Mr Niwas expressed great concern over the increasing HIV prevalence. He said that the situation was alarming in the country and would require massive effort, commitment and dedication at all levels.

He called upon the young generation to spread awareness among general public especially people living in rural areas.

Mr Niwas flagged of the vehicle also which will cover different parts of the state with the aim of generating understanding on HIV/AIDS related issues.

RRE Project with main focus on rural areas aimed at developing an understanding about the disease to reduce stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS, strengthening people's knowledge about the measures to be taken to prevent getting HIV/AIDS and disseminating information regarding primary prevention services.

Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Red Cross Society, different NGOs and various departments of Chandigarh Administration are actively participating to make RRE project at Chandigarh a success.

Deputy Commissioner, Mr R K Rao, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr I S Sandhu, Director Health Services, Dr Manjit Singh Bains, Director Public Relations, Mr R S Verma, Project Director, State AIDS Control Socity, Dr Suvir Saksena, Director Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Mr Cooner and other distinguished guests were also present on the occasion.

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