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Focus on prevention: A poster on HIV/AIDS being released in Salem on Saturday. —
Focus on prevention: A poster on HIV/AIDS being released in Salem on Saturday. —

Staff Reporter

It is held for government servants

SALEM: A five-day awareness programme on HIV/AIDS for government servants, jointly organised by the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) and Salem district administration, began here on Saturday.

Inaugurating the programme, Deputy Director of Health Services J. Nirmalson said Salem district was one of the five districts in the State, which has high prevalence of HIV/AIDS. The State Government has launched an intensive awareness drive to raise the level of awareness among people about the disease. A cultural troupe will conduct special programmes from March 30 to April 4 in different parts of the district.

The campaign would focus on the pregnant women in the district. The objective was to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child, he said.

Mr. Nirmalson said over 250 officials from various departments, including block development officers and social workers, would attend the on-going programme. Officials from the police, forest and social welfare departments would also participate.

Village panchayat assistants, Makkal Nala Paniyalargal and noon-meal workers from Attur, Omalur, Ayodhyapattinam, Mahudanchavadi and Taramangalam would attend the programme on March 23.

PA to Collector (Panchayat) Kalaimani, City Health Officer B.R. Gemini, TANSACS District Co-ordinator Seenivasan and senior officials were present.

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