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Press Release No. 29502-12-2020
Press Release No. 295, WORLD AIDS DAY - 01.12.2020 OBSERVED ON SWR

दक्षिण पश्चिम रेलवे/ SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

प्रेस विज्ञप्ति/ Press Release No. 295  Dt: 02.12.2020      


World AIDS Day is being observed o­n December 1st. o­n this day, people worldwide unite in the fight against AIDS, to show support to those who are living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died from AIDS. World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988 as the first-ever global health day.

World AIDS day was observed o­n SWR at Hospitals & Health Units over the Zone. At Bengaluru Awareness programmes were organised and Dr.Jayasheela, ACMS gave a lecture to create awareness about HIV.  At Health Unit Cantonment Dr.Narayanswamy, ACMS/RH/Bengaluru spoke about precautions to be taken to avoid spread of HIV. At CMS/Bengaluru all the doctors, paramedical staff, and around 50 railway beneficiaries and housekeeping staff participated in the above programme. 

Health Awareness programme o­n World Aids Day was organised over Hubballi and Mysuru Division also.  Dr. Suresh Babu, ACMS/Hubbali welcomed the gathering and highlighted about theme of the year “ENDING THE HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC: RESILLIENCE AND IMPACT”. Dr. C.M. Ravi, CMS/Hubballi spoke about HIV/AIDS, method of spread, signs and symptoms, Diagnosis, screening, treatment, stigma and discrimination and prevention & importance of creating awareness to all and that could protect all from HIV/AIDS. About 120 people attended the programme at Workshop, EMD SHED and CHI/COL/ Hubballi including employees and their Staff. At Mysuru awareness programmes were also organized at RH/MYS, and health units of Mysore Division.

Programmes were also organised at the Health Unit/Hosapete, Bagalkot, Castle Rock, Belagavi, Gadag, Bellari and Alnavar. Programmes were also organised at Hosapete Station

The various points highlighted during the progrmmme are as under:

ØAwareness regarding spread of HIV and its prevention, educated regarding symptoms and treatment etc.

ØEducation of patients about safe sex practices and educating them to eradicate the stigma

ØAwareness talk and discussion about HIV/AIDS in detail

ØDisplay of posters and distribution of pamphlets o­n various aspects like preventive measures of HIV/AIDS, screening in pregnancy for HIV/AIDS during pregnancy, safe blood donation etc. to railway beneficiaries and passengers at stations.

At Gadag Health Unit, State Govt ICTC program officers and staffs and councilor were invited to give a briefed o­n all the aspects of HIV/AIDS. The officials gave a brief o­n the Signs, symptoms, prevention and treatment. They also informed of the help given to HIV positive patients. Free rapid HIV test was conducted for all staffs who attended the programe and results were given to them in 15 min, Total 32 samples tested o­n 01.12.2020.

All the above programmes were organised under the guidance of Shri Vilas Gunda, PCMD/SWR.

Shri Ajay Kumar Singh, GM/SWR said that this year World AIDS Day holds immense significance as we are going through an unprecedented global pandemic – Covid-19 – which has disrupted our lives like never before. However, HIV-AIDS still remains a major global public health issue and there have been additional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

                                                                   Chief Public Relations Officer                                                                    South Western Railway, Hubballi


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