KOCHI: An AIDS awareness rally and exhibition were held at Kakkanad, which was jointly organised by various district-level organisations and supported by the district panchayat and district administration. P.S. Shyla, District Panchayat President inaugurated the programme by drawing a logo of the AIDS awareness symbol.
R. Sreelekha, Inspector General of police and Managing Director of the Kerala State Roads and Bridges Corporation Limited, was the chief guest at the public function held after the rally, which was flagged off by V.A. Zakir Hussain, president of the District Sports Council.
An exhibition showcased posters drawn by children on the HIV/AIDS awareness campaign and also had posters by the Kerala State AIDS Control Society, Council of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Kerala and Rajagiri College of Social Sciences.
The Kochi branch of the Indian Medical Association took out a rally from the District Collector’s camp office to the gorunds of the Durbar Hall.
The chairman of the District Task Force of the IMA, Dr. N. S. D. Raju, inaugurated the rally also delivered the message for the day which called for collective efforts to help AIDS patients by avoiding discrimination at the workplace, offering job opportunities and by developing a positive attitude towards the victims in society.
This message has to sink into the society to remove the stigma attached to the disease, he said.
Another awareness campaign was held by the National Cadet Corp unit at the Maharaja’s College.
A rally was take out from the college premises to the High Court junction.
The students conveyed the message that prevention is the best solution to beat the AIDS scourge.
In a talk and counselling session held at the Cochin Port Trust, the message was again about avoiding discrimination.
The programme that is being held for the past 10 years as a joint programme by the Cochin Port Staff Association and the International Transport Workers Federation, that has 693 unions in 146 countries, focuses on counselling truck drivers.