Staff Reporter

‘Police can play a vital role in controlling the spread of HIV/AIDS in the State’

SALEM: The police can play a vital role in controlling the spread of HIV/AIDS in the State, Inspector General and City Police Commissioner Sunil Kumar Singh has said.

Society

Participating at the HIV/AIDS Police Advocacy programme for head constables organised by Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society here on Wednesday, the Commissioner said that the personnel get plenty of opportunities to meet and interact with people from all sections of society every day.

Awareness

They should use such opportunities to create awareness among different sections including commercial sex workers and members of transgender community on HIV/AIDS.

Knowledge

There is an immediate need to increase the HIV/AIDS awareness among the personnel in uniform service. Programmes such as this one would help the police personnel to gain adequate knowledge about the decease, he said. Former Deputy Commissioner of Police A. Sathiya Narayanan said that over 100 police personnel in the State were found living with HIV/AIDS.

The advocacy programme would be held in three phases for the personnel, he added.

Tuberculosis

Other speakers in the programme said that over 2,500 persons in Salem district were found living with HIV/AIDS. Of them, 300 persons were also having tuberculosis.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Y. John Nicholson, Deputy Directors from health department M. Gnanasekaran and K. Arunagiri, Society’s District Supervisor R. Selvam and senior officials were present at the programme.

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