Special Correspondent

PANAJI: Governor S.C. Jamir has suggested that Goa can adopt the Chinese programme of "Four Frees and One Care" that offers free anti-retroviral drugs, free voluntary counselling and testing, free drugs to prevent mother-to-child transmission, free schooling for orphaned children and care and economic assistance to people with HIV/AIDS.

The Governor was addressing a meeting of government officials, Red Cross Society functionaries and principals of colleges on HIV/AIDS and formation of Red Ribbon Clubs in colleges. Health Secretary U.K. Worah and Goa University Vice-Chancellor P.S. Zacharias attended the meeting.

The Governor said that in India 90 per cent of infected persons were in the productive age group of 15 to 49, out of which 32 per cent were young men and women in the age group of 15 to 29. Emphasis should be on educating youngsters and this was where colleges came into the picture, Mr. Jamir said.

The Centre has undertaken a project to form Red Ribbon Clubs in all colleges to spread awareness on HIV/AIDS.