Red Ribbon Express to create AIDS awareness in Vidarbha

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Nagpur, Dec 19 (UNI) Red Ribbon Express, a special train travelling across the country to create awareness about AIDS, will be in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra for eight days beginning tomorrow.

Speaking to reporters here today, District Collector Sanjay Mukherjee said the train will arrive here tomorrow morning and will halt here for two days. The train will be in Wardha from December 22 to 24, in Ballarshah on December 25 and 26, and in Gondia on December 27, he added.

The Red Ribbon Express will then travel to Chhattisgarh, and will return to Maharashtra in the new year to cover eight other districts in the state.

The activities to be held during the stay of the train include audio-visual presentations, training, counselling and medical services on board, and cultural programmes by artistes in nearby villages, Mr Mukherjee informed.

The project is being implemented by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF), National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) and Nehru Yuwak Kendra Sanghatan (NYKS) in association with the local administration.

The campaign began from Delhi on World AIDS Day, December 1 last, and will cover 180 major railway stations and nearly 43,000 villages across the country over a period of one year.

The train has already visited Alwar, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Kota (all Rajasthan), Guna, Nagda, Ratlam, Ujjain, Indore, Bhopal and Itarsi (all Madhya Pradesh), and is scheduled to visit Durg and Bilaspur (both Chhattisgarh) towards the end of the month, the District Collector said.


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