Collector C. Samayamurthy on Friday distributed prizes to winners of AIDS awareness competitions organised as part of ‘World AIDS Day’ and honoured the organisations that played an active role in creating awareness of the syndrome.
The Collector also disbursed financial assistance to 65 HIV-infected children to meet their medical and educational expenses. Mr. Samayamurthy said that various centres had been created by the State government to counsel, guide and assist those who had HIV infection and to create awareness among the public on AIDS.
In the meeting held later to review the preparations made for organising the pulse polio immunisation programmes on January 20 and February 24, Mr. Samayamurthy said that 2,69,559 children below the age of five in the district would be administered polio drops through 1,650 centres to be established in the primary health centres, health sub-centres, government hospitals, schools, community halls, anganwadis etc., to protect the children from acute flaccid paralysis.
Apart from the designated government officials, services of self-help group members, Rotarians, non-governmental organisations, students and other volunteers would be utilised to make the campaign a grand success.
Officials from the departments of Public Health, Revenue, Education and Local Administration participated in the meeting.