Rally marks World AIDS Day

FOR A CAUSE: Nursing students taking out a procession to mark World AIDS Day in Mysore on Thursday. — Photo: M.A. Sriram  

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: A large number of placards held aloft by hundreds of nursing college students during their march through the main thoroughfares of the city sought to drive home a message about the threat of AIDS looming large over society.

"Drive out AIDS, Save the nation," "Practice Safe Sex, Keep AIDS at Bay," "Be faithful," "Live and Let Live," and "Use Condoms" were just a sample of slogans that caught public attention when students and representatives of various government agencies and non-governmental organisations took out a rally here on Thursday to mark World AIDS Day.

The rally, which was flagged off by Deputy Commissioner Selva Kumar at the Mysore Medical College, passed through Irwin Road and Ashoka Road before converging at Sri Rangacharlu Memorial Town Hall, where a street play and a public meeting were held. The Karnataka State AIDS Control Board, Mysore Zilla Panchayat, Mysore City Corporation, Indian Medical Association, Health and Family Planning Department, Government Medical College, NCC, NSS, besides a host of doctors, medical students and others participated in the rally.

Representatives of the Rural Literacy and Health Programme, AIDS Vimochana Sangha, students of the Mysore Medical College, JSS Medical College, doctors of the K.R. Hospital and other hospitals too participated in the procession.

Pamphlets on AIDS were distributed among the people. The public meeting at the Town Hall was inaugurated by Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer K.R. Niranjan. Doctors delivered lectures on AIDS. A procession was taken out from the Siddhartha School in Ashokapuram, which was inaugurated by dermatologist and nodal officer for AIDS H. Hanumanthappa.