Special Correspondent

Governor calls for effective programmes in all schools, colleges

HYDERABAD: Governor Rameshwar Thakur has mooted constitution of a core group to advise, monitor, coordinate and prepare programmes to create awareness on AIDS and promote voluntary blood donation.

Addressing a meeting of Collectors, Vice-Chancellors of State universities and members of the Indian Red Cross Society besides senior officials after inaugurating the Red Ribbon Clubs here on Sunday, Mr. Thakur said the core group should come out with books and brochures on AIDS that could be distributed free of cost.

Red Ribbon Clubs

Red Ribbon Clubs were envisaged to instil among students values of service, develop healthy lifestyle and increase access to safe and adequate quantities of blood to all the needy by promoting regular voluntary blood donation.

Forum suggested

He called for an effective campaign in all schools and colleges to achieve the twin goals of encouraging voluntary blood donation and also ensuring availability of adequate quantity of blood to check spread of AIDS.

Principal Secretary (Health) I. V. Subba Rao compared the fast spreading AIDS to another tsunami in the making and suggested a holistic approach to tackle it. He said a forum of academics on the lines of the one formed by Parliamentarians and Legislators to fight the disease should be constituted.

Principal Secretary (Higher Education) Ashutosh Mishra said youth clubs should be roped in the awareness campaign. Secretary,

School Education, P. Krishnaiah said he would hold a meeting with all educational institutions to chalk out an action plan. Hyderabad Collector R. Chandravadan, speaking on behalf of other Collectors, said corporate houses would be involved to participate in the campaign.

Vice-Chancellors of various universities favoured utilising the services of NCC and NSS volunteers besides students to create awareness. They suggested replicating Thailand experiment in the State.

Secretary General of Indian Red Cross Society S.P. Agarwal, Secretary of AP chapter K. Rajyalakshmi and Project Director, AP State AIDS Control Society G. Asok Kumar, spoke.