Street play, jathas mark World AIDS Day in shimoga

Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA: A street play to create awareness on HIV/AIDS was staged by artists as part of a jatha which was taken out here on Thursday to mark the World AIDS Day in which students and volunteers of the SJPIT, DIET, Government Women's ITI, NSS, SMS and Sadhana Mahila Sangh participated.

The jatha which started from the office of the District Health Office on the B.H. Road converged at the Kuvempu Rang Mandir where a function was held. Participants displayed placards enlightening the public about the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Addressing the gathering, President of the City Municipal Council B.A. Ramesh Hegde suggested that the lessons on the sex education be incorporated in the curriculum in a bid to educate the youth.

Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla Panchayat Shivakumar said that though AIDS was noticed in India only about 20 years ago it has spread at a fast rate over the years. Shivakumar said non-governmental organisations should help the Government in checking the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Father Gilbert Lobo Director of the SMSSS, Gurudatt and the Principal of the SHPITI Vighneshwar Solhapur addressed the gathering. Secretary of the local branch of the Family Planning Association of India Umesh Aradhya presided over the function. G.H.Channabasappa District AIDS Nodal Officer welcomed the gathering. District Health and Family Welfare Officer P.M. Mohan was present.