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Tonga rally held to popularise arrival of Red Ribbon Express

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Curtain raiser:Tongas parcticipating at the awareness jatha ahead of the arrival of the Red Ribbon Express, in Mysore on Monday.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
Curtain raiser:Tongas parcticipating at the awareness jatha ahead of the arrival of the Red Ribbon Express, in Mysore on Monday.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

A tonga rally was held here on Monday to generate publicity on the arrival of the Red Ribbon Express with its message on HIV/AIDS control.

Said to be the largest mass media campaign on HIV/AIDS, the Red Ribbon Express will be stationed in the city on Wednesday and Thursday before leaving for Kolar on the last leg of its journey in the State.

Ahead of the arrival of the Red Ribbon Express, local authorities thought of organising the rally, in which about 40 tongas, decorated with banners and messages related to HIV/AIDS prevention, participated.

The rally, organised by the District Health and Family Welfare Department and district AIDS Prevention and Control units, went through the main streets of the city. The tonga rally was flagged off by Divisional Railway Manager Vinod Kumar and District Health Officer S.M. Male Gowda.

A Railway official said the Red Ribbon Express commenced its journey from Safdarjung Railway Station in Delhi on January 12, 2012, and entered Karnataka on April 2.

It is expected to cover 162 districts and reach out to millions of people during the course of its journey, spreading awareness on HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases. The Red Ribbon Express has eight coaches, of which four have been used for display and exhibition, while one each is dedicated to counselling and interaction purposes. The remaining two bogies will support the logistics.

A cycle rally will also be held in the city to welcome the Red Ribbon Express and generate greater public interest.

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