Staff Reporter

“12,200 persons with HIV/ AIDS are being given medical treatment”

CHENNAI: Awareness rallies, seminars and health camps marked the World AIDS Day in the city on Tuesday.

Speaking at the programme organised by the Chennai Corporation AIDS Prevention and Control Society (CAPACS), Mayor M. Subramanian said “A total of 12,200 persons with HIV/AIDS in the city are being given medical treatment.”

The Chennai Corporation has so far screened one lakh pregnant women for HIV/AIDS and prevented its spread to infants by appropriate medical intervention.

Commissioner of the Corporation Rajesh Lakhoni said public must come forward to know about the disease to dispel myths.

More information on HIV/AIDS is available on 1097, the helpline of the civic body, he said. Banners and pamphlets on HIV/AIDS were released at the programme.

The Rotary Club of Madras Central Aadithya organised an awareness programme for students and faculty members of Ethiraj College for Women. As part of the Day, an awareness rally was organised in which students of Ethiraj College for Women, Chellammal College, MGR Janaki College and Queen Mary’s College carried placards with awareness messages.

Madras Medical College organised an awareness rally, which was flagged off by its Dean J. Mohanasundaram. Madras Christian Council of Social Service conducted a programme at Abirami Mega Mall to raise funds for persons with HIV/AIDS.

Asha Nivas Centre for Awareness Education on HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse observed World AIDS Day with awareness talks, skits and exhibition, in which over 250 school students from Kannagi Nagar participated.