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AP police to lead fight against AIDS

Written by: Staff
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Hyderabad, Mar 26 (UNI) The HIV-prevention programme in Andhra Pradesh has got a boost with the Home Minister K Jana Reddy declaring total support and participation of the state police.

Speaking at the HIV Advocacy Workshop, jointly organised by AP State AIDS Control Society and the AP Police here yesterday, he said the policemen have to ''protect the community and themselves against HIV-AIDS''.

The Home Minister said, ''HIV-AIDS is probably one of the biggest killers in the world, more than any war or natural calamity. In India, the problem is even more complex because of the low levels of awareness, coupled with illiteracy and poverty''.

Mr Reddy said the multi-sector strategy is extremely critical, since the complexities and the intricacies of the epidemic require active involvement of all the agencies of the government, paving the way for a healthy public-private partnership''.

Affirming the commitment of the police department to join the fight against the epidemic, the Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen said that ''in performing our duties and responsibilities as law-enforcers, we should not forget that in the context of HIV-AIDS, we are as much part of the larger society and experience the same degree of vulnerabilities and risks''.

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