An AIDS awareness meeting was organised by Hojai District Administration and District Health Society on the occasion of "World Aids Day" on Friday at Desh Bandhu Vidyapith Higher Secondary School auditorium hall , sponsored by Assam State AIDS Control Society in collaboration with Ajmal foundation.
Speaking on this occasion,Chief Guest Manvendra Pratap Singh, Deputy Commissioner Hojai District said,"HIV Aids is a curable disease, today the world has changed, their is rapid advancement in technology, but it is also the responsibility of each school, college, hospital, non-profit organisation's, individual's to create awareness among each other and in the society, so that this disease can be prevented."
He further said," Rate of drug abuse youngsters is increasing immensely in Assam, which is also a reason in increment in aids affected patients."
Ashish Kr. Dey, Secretary, Gharwaa,NGO, Khasrul Islam, General Manger Ajmal Foundation, Dr. Chetia Phukan, Paresh Badyakar,Director SOS's Children's Village, Dr. C.K Bora, Senior Medical Officer, Hojai FRU, Dr. MRH Azad,AGM,Ajmal Foundation and many other dignitaries also shared their views. Everyone said, "HIV Aids can be prevented only through proper awareness."
A awareness rally was also organised in the morning from Hojai Fru to Desh Bandhu Vidyapith Higher Secondary School, where students from different schools' participated holding placards having message's of Aids awareness.
Talking to Assam Times, Nazim Ahmed, Project Director DIPARC said,"In Assam around 14,000 people are aids affected and in Hojai 226 people are suffering from this disease and the reason is people have a stigma to remain within themself, they doesn't express about their sickness, which is also a big reason in increment of Aids patients." "We want to create awareness among people through this type of meetings and rally."he added.
SOS's Children's Village also organised a awareness rally at Telibasti and Fakirabasti in Hojai.