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Strive for AIDS-free society, says Collector

SPREADING THE MESSAGE: District Collector Y.V. Anuradha flagging off a procession on the occasion of World AIDS Day at Anantapur on Thursday.  

Staff Reporter

ANANTAPUR: District Collector, Y.V. Anuradha, has said that breaking the silence on HIV/AIDS is the responsibility of every citizen. It has become necessary to share the knowledge one has on the disease, which is threatening the mankind, she said.

Addressing a rally organised on the occasion of a World AIDS Day here on Thursday she suggested that youth observe discipline in their sexual life to make the society AIDS-free. The Collector suggested the youth to stay away from sex before marriage, to be sincere with life partner in the matter of sex and to use condoms properly.

Warning

She warned the youth against indulging in indiscriminate sex and troubling others with their carelessness.

Singanamala MLA, S. Sailajanath, asked the youth to stick to moral values in life. He feared that the existence of youth would be in danger if the rate of AIDS continued amongst them, as a majority of the AIDS patients now belonged to the 14-20 age group.

Mayor R. Parasuram, Project Director of Velugu DRDA M. Hari Jawaharlal, DM&HO Y. Swaroopkumar Reddy, AIDS nodal officer L. Manoramana, Zilla Parishad CEO K. Sripathi Rao and others participated.

Earlier, nursing students, NCC cadets, schoolchildren, women of self help groups and members of non-governmental organisations took out a procession with banners and placards written with slogans against AIDS through the main streets in the town. They formed a human chain at Clower Tower.

CHITTOOR: Agriculture Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy has asked medical employees and members of voluntary organisations to enlighten public on the ill-effects of the dreadful AIDS and bestow their attention to prevent its spreading. The World AIDS Day was observed by the district Medical and Health Department hereon Thursday.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that it was the duty of every citizen to wage a war against AIDS. Parents of youngsters should take special interest and warn them against sex before marriage, which was one of the reasons for contracting the disease. The district medical and health officer Ramakrishna Reddy said that rallies would be organised in the mandal headquarters to create awareness about the negative impact of AIDS. Later, the Minister flagged of a rally organised in this connection, district Collector S.S. Rawath participated in the programme.

Nellore: Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao has flagged off the `AIDS' rally at the Government Maternity Hospital, Nellore, on Thursday.

The rally consisting of representatives belonging to various departments of Government and voluntary associations, went round several places of the town, before reaching the Town Hall. NCC candidates belonging to V.R. College, Nellore, also participated in the rally.

KURNOOL: Minister for Lift Irrigation M. Mareppa inaugurated the condom vending machine at the collectorate junction here.

Hindustan Latex Limited, local NGO Parameswari Educational Society and Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society installed 75 vending machines in the city. Later, addressing the meeting, the Minister asked the officials to counsel the risk groups rather than holding ritual-like meetings with para-medical students.

A huge rally was taken out in this connection from the Collectorate to Raj Vihar centre. Students, health workers and volunteers took part in the rally.

Field Publicity Officer B.D.M. Ambedkar, NGOs Tyagaraju, Mohan Raju, Corporator Balaraju, district AIDS control officer Timmaiah and others were present.