Awareness programmes mark AIDS Day

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: A slew of programmes for creating awareness about AIDS were held in the city on World AIDS Day on Thursday.

The programmes aimed at prevention of the disease from infected parents to children.

Red ribbons were worn and awareness rallies and public meetings held to mark the day. The programmes were organised by the district health authorities in association with the Corporation, Indian Medical Association, Kochi, CPK+, Population Service International, CAPS, Sarang Foundation and Navachetana. A rally was held from Rajendra Maidan to Maharaja's College, where Collector A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish inaugurated a public meeting. He also inaugurated an awareness programme organised by the State AIDS Control Society at the Voluntary Testing and Counselling Centre.

Vypeen block panchayat, Community Health Centre, Mallipuram, and the Vypeen Island Two-wheelers Association organised a day-long vehicle rally to spread the message on the precautions for preventing AIDS.

The rally started at Munamban Ferry and concluded at Mulavukad junction. Public meetings were held at both points. The Field Publicity Department in association with the Cochin South Rotary and the Rotary Community Corps had been holding awareness programmes in the district from November 24. The programmes will end on December 7.

Students from the University of Notre Dame and students of St. Mary's College enacted a street play to create awareness about AIDS at Kaloor Model Technical Higher Secondary School. The Confederation of Indian Industry, Kerala, in association with Young Indians and the Kerala State AIDS Control Society organised an AIDS awareness walk on the day.