Staff Correspondent

Call to treat people with HIV/AIDS with love and empathy

‘Take precautions against contracting infection’

4,000 affected by HIV/AIDS in Hassan

HASSAN: Hassan Zilla Panchayat president Kamakshi Raju has called for prevention of HIV/AIDS.

Addressing the World AIDS Day programme here on Tuesday, Ms. Raju, who is an anganwadi worker, urged officials to take the help of anganwadi workers and nurses to educate people in villages against AIDS. The programme was organised by the District AIDS Prevention Society, the district administration and the District Health Office. In his introductory address, District AIDS Prevention Officer Chinnanagappa said that there were 50 lakh people living with HIV/AIDS in the country. Of this, 2.5 lakh were in the State and 4,000 were in the district.

Hassan City Municipal Council president C.R. Shankar urged the people to treat people with HIV/AIDS with love and empathy so that they could face the challenge of combating the infection. He also said that infections such as HIV/AIDS hampered the development of the country and urged the youth to take adequate precautions against contracting the infection.

District Health and Family Welfare Officer N. Thimmaiah, DDPI Krishna Shetty and P.U. Education Deputy Director Krishnaiah were present.