Roadshows, seminars mark World AIDS Day

FOR A CAUSE: Members of the Bethesda,a NGO, participating in an awareness rally taken out on the occasion of World AIDS Day in Vijayawada on Thursday.  

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Rallies were taken out and seminars and meetings conducted to observe the World AIDS day here on Thursday.

Municipal Commissioner Natarajan Gulzar flagged off a rally taken out by students of Montessori and Siddhartha Mahila colleges, NSS volunteers and NCC cadets from various colleges. The rally ended in a meeting at the Tummalapalli Kalakshetram. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) U. V. S. Raju led the students in taking a pledge to fight the spread of AIDS. NCLP project director Sivasankar, former MP Ch.Vidya NSS programme officers of several colleges participated in the rally.

Transport workers rally

Transport workers and local students took out a rally at Telaprolu. A medical camp was held at the Model Driving Training Institute run by the Krishna District Lorry Owners' Association (KDLOA) at Ampapuram. Some 500 transport workers underwent medical check-up at the camp, which was supervised by Suraksha Project coordinator R. Rama Rao.

A seminar organised on the occasion dwelt on the gravity of the problem and the need to spread awareness in all communities. D. Jowani Patoto, head of the department of community medicine, inaugurated the seminar.

Deputy Transport Commissioner M. Ratna Manikyam said that various programmes were being conducted to raise awareness among workers engaged in the transport sector. She said that the transport workers should be sensitised on every aspect of the disease as they were one of the vulnerable sections.

KDLOA president Y.V. Eswara Rao, AP Lorry Owners' Association secretary M.V. Subba Rao, Rotary International 3020 Governor M.C.Das and others were present. Vijayawada Government General Hospital superintendent T. Ramprasad inaugurated a State-level seminar on AIDS control held at the KBN College. Siddhartha Medical College professor P. Rambabu, KBN College correspondent and secretary T.Srinivas, principal S.Seshikala and Hindu High Schools administrative officer G.Ramasubba Reddy spoke.