Staff Reporter

Collector flags off candle rally

International AIDS Commemoration Day observed

Voluntary organisations’

role lauded

VIJAYAWADA: District Collector N. Sridhar has called upon all members of the society to realise their collective responsibility and take action to help spread awareness on the need to prevent the spread of AIDS. He pledged all support from the district administration to fight the dreaded disease.

Flagging off a candle rally to mark the 26th International AIDS Commemoration Day on Sunday, Mr. Sridhar said collective efforts should be made to eradicate AIDS totally. The rally began at Collector’s camp office and passed through Mahatma Gandhi road to end at Raghavaiah Park. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sridhar said that the State and Central Governments were giving utmost priority to the prevention of AIDS in every possible way and everybody should play their role in this endeavour. He said sensitisation and awareness programmes were being conducted all over the district to keep the people on alert about the disease.

Mr. Sridhar appreciated the efforts of various voluntary organisations that came forward to work with the district administration in spreading the awareness on this. Through Red Ribbon Clubs, wide campaign was launched in both urban and rural areas.