World Aids day observed in Jammu Kashmir

Jammu,/Srinagar, December 01 (Scoop News) –World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. To commemorate World AIDS Day, the J&K State AIDS Control Society (JKSACS) in collaboration with Department of Health Services and Rotary Club, Akhnoor today organized a mega awareness function at Jia Pota Ghat Akhnoor.

            Minister for Health, Horticulture & Floriculture  Sham Lal Sharma was chief guest and Vice Chairman OBC Advisory Board Master Kuldeep Verma was guest of honor on the occasion.

            Commissioner Food Safety and Drug Controller J&K,  Satish Gupta, SDM, Akhnoor,  N.S.Jamwal, BMO, Akhnoor Dr. Narinder Singh, hundreds of school, college students, teachers, doctors, paramedics, prominent citizens, members of civil society, members of Rotary Club and officers of all wings of health department were present in this important event.

            Speaking on the occasion, the Minister called for launching a strong movement against HIV/AIDS with the active involvement of various stakeholders of the society, adding that this cureless disease is consuming the lives of large number of people, irrespective of sex age regain and class worldwide. He said awareness is the key factor to keep away from this self invited disease and this can be done with the collective efforts. He said mass awareness throughout the year should continue through various media available.

            Highlighting the importance of the day, the Minister said that the day is celebrated world-wide to renew our efforts to save the lives of lacs of patients suffering from this dreaded disease. He said the day reminds us of our duties towards the AIDS patients and “we all should take a pledge this day to adopt a sympathetic and human approach towards such patients and encourage them to lead a normal life, adding that these patients need our sympathy and we must treat them with positive approach”. He said observing only one day in the name of AIDS is not sufficient, but throughout the year the fight must continue and thrust area should be schools, colleges and other vulnerable areas.  

            Strongly advocating for change in the education set up, the Minister said that moral education is as essential as other academic activities to make the students good citizens in order to eradicate several social evils which are eating into the vitals of the society. He favored a change in the present education policy and stressed for introducing the moral education subject from the primary level mandatorily. He said in the name of modernization and westernization our society is facing threat of erosion of moral values and ethics with the result a sort of restlessness has been created. He impressed upon the teachers and parents to work together to impart moral education to the children which will help them to understand things well and keep alive their rich traditions and culture. He asked the students to play the role of brand ambassadors for spreading the message of awareness about various dreaded diseases like AIDS, Cancer, TB and drug addiction in their homes and surroundings to keep the society healthy and disease-free.

            Coming down heavily on those who are still indulging in the sex determination practice in the State, he said that Government was contemplating to bring strong laws to deal with such elements. He said Government has already announced reward for the whistle blowers helping in nabbing the culprits. He described that foeticide is a great sin and whosoever was found in indulging in this crime will be dealt with severe punishment. He appealed all sections of the society to raise strong voice against this heinous crime to make a balance in the sex ratio which is depleting continuously.

            Project Director, JKSACS Dr. Rakesh Khajuria also spoke on the occasion and apprised the gathering about the initiatives taken by the JKSACS to combat the HIV/AIDS in the State. He said the organization has been making tireless efforts to generate awareness about this dreaded disease in every nook and corner of the State through different mediums. He said encouraging indicators have come to fore and there is considerable decrease in the new HIV/AIDS cases. He also sought the help of the society to fight this cureless disease and briefed about the steps for the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients.



In Kashmir The Department of Health Services Kashmir organised World AIDS Day in collaboration with District tuberculosis Centre .

            Director Health Services Dr. Saleem-Ur-Rehman was the chief guest on the occasion while as Block Medical Officers, Zonal Medical Officers, Doctors, Paramedical, Asha workers and students also participated.

            Besides, the function was also attended by religious scholars intellectuals, academicians and social activists and bureaucrats.

             While addressing on the occasion the Director Health Services, Kashmir said that the department has already initiated steps to make people aware about the fatal disease and to wipe out the disease from the valley concrete measures are underway.

            Appealing people to cooperate with the department in curbing this menace, Dr. Saleem said it is people’s cooperation only which shall enable society to get rid of the disease.

            Advocating for maintaining the honour and dignity of a patient suffering from this disease, the Director said that society should always uphold the dignity of every individual inspite of the fact that the persons is suffering from such dreaded disease. He also made awareness about the causes of infection which include use of infected syringes by irresponsible medical staff, resulting in agony and suffering of an innocent person. He appealed people to be affectionate and sympathetic towards such patients so that proper medicine be made available to them.

            The function was also addressed by Principal S. P College, Srinagar  besides religious scholars.

            Meanwhile, World Aids Day was also observed at Sheikh-ul-Alam Budgam where district TB Control Society in collaboration with JandK Voluntary Health and Development Association organised a medical education resource programme also.

            About 200 participants were acquainted with the measures to control the HIV/AIDS and TB Co Infections on the occasion.

            A rally of school children was also organised by DHS Budgam on the occasion.

World AIDS Day observed in Jammu & Kashmir




Jammu, December 01 (Updated)/(Scoop News) –Minister for Health & Family Welfare,  Sham Lal Sharma has called for collective efforts to fight against the menace of AIDS, adding that, government efforts is not only sufficient to deal with this sensitive issue but entire society should take a pledge and contribute to root out this dreaded disease from the society.

Addressing a sizeable gathering of doctors, teachers, students and prominent citizens at a function organized by the J&K AIDS Control Society in collaboration with Government Women College Gandhi Nagar to commemorate the World AIDS Day in the college auditorium, here today, the Minister strongly advocated for launching a massive awareness campaign against this dreaded disease at the district, tehsil and block level to educate the masses about the HIV AIDS and its preventive measures.

The Health Minister directed the AIDS Control Society to mobilize its resources and cover the entire Jammu province within next two months.

Maintaining that students are the real ambassadors who can circulate the message in the society effectively, the Minister directed for active involvement of educational institutions, NGOs, ASHA Workers, Anganwari Workers and social organizations for a meaningful campaign. He also called for strengthening the blood banks at the district level for safe transfusion of blood.

Expressing satisfaction on the considerable decline in the HIV patients in the State during the past couple of years, the Minister said that “we have not to let up our efforts, rather we have to intensify our surveillance mechanism to detect make the Jammu and Kashmir an AIDS free zone”. This can be possible with the collective efforts of people from all walk of life and serious efforts of the Government, said  Sham.

Commissioner/Secretary Health & Medical Education,  G.A.Peer in his address stressed for bringing an attitudinal change in the minds of people aganst the HIV positive patients.

He said the patients suffering with the disease need sympathy of the society and their life span can be prolonged with love and affection. He also stressed on strong movement to educate the people through different mediums. Awareness is the major factor to minimize this menace from the society, he added.

Project Director, J&K AIDS Control Society, Dr. Rakesh Khajuria gave a detailed view of the organization and preventive measures initiated to tackle with the disease and those suffering from the HIV in the State.

He said AIDS Control Society is constantly making its efforts with the close association of NGOs and other institutions to create awareness among the common masses and encouraging indicators are visible.

Listing the steps taken by society, the Project Director said that 33 ICTC Centres are functional across the State which are providing counseling and testing facilities to people. He said 20 Blood Banks, 18 STD clinics have also been established for the benefits of the people across the State. He reiterated the resolve of the Society to achieve zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths in the state.

Former HoD Blood Transfusion Department, Dr. T.R.Raina also spoke on the occasion and called for strengthening the blood banks for safe blood transfusion which would be the major preventive measure to further spread the HIV infection.

Students and artists mesmerized the audience with their educative skits on the AIDS.

Earlier, the Minister also interacted with the volunteers of NCC who donated blood on the occasion. The blood donation was arranged and supervised by Dr. Sumaira of AIDS Control Society in the Mobile Van in the college premises.

He also gave away mementoes to the best participants on the occasion.

Principal Women College Gandhi Nagar, Prof. Nalni Kohli, Director Indian System of Medicines, Dr. Abdul Kabir, Controller, Drugs & Food Control Organization,  Satish Gupta, Mission Director, NRHM, Dr. Yashpal Sharma, Director Health Services, Dr. Madhu Khullar, Director Family Welfare, Dr. T.K. Moza, Director Floriculture,  K K Sharma, Regional Secretary, IRCS  Anil Padha, HoD Medicines, Dr. Bharat Bhushan Gupta, heads of various NGOs and large number of doctors, teachers,  NCC volunteers and students of college and AMT Schools were also present on the occasion.




 World AIDS Day celebrats at University of Jammu


World AIDS Day was celebrated today at University of Jammu by GFATM University of Jammu where red ribbons were distributed by Master Trainers HIV AIDS, Faculty of GFATM etc to all students, faculty of university and other officials of jammu university. I.E.C Materials related to HIV AIDS was also distributed. Among others who were present included Dr Arun Sharma Medical Superintendent Govt Hospital Sarwal Jammu, HOD Psychology Dr Arti Bakshi, Dr Chand Trehan, Manju and other officials of GFATM University of jammu. Later a poaster making competition was held in govt hospital Sarwal and Dr Arun Sharma Medical Superintendent Govt Hospital Sarwal Jammu has informed that the programmes related to World AIDS DAY would be celebrated for a fort night and for wich collaboration has been done with different institutions and organizations. 

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, & Malaria (GFATM) a foundation established under the laws of Switzerland (the "Global Fund") is a worldwide initiative. In India, this project supports National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) in prevention of AIDS. GFATM Round-7 focuses on primarily enhancing institutional and counselling capacities of training institutes in HIV/AIDS. This is for the first time that GFATM has partnered with institutions of higher learning who have established credentials in training and education of counsellors. Tata Institute of Social Sciences is the Principle Recipient(PR), of the Global Fund Programme, Round-7, Counselling Sub-component. Jamia Millia Islamia is a Sub recipient(SR) of the Global fund Project and has trained north zone master trainers. The SSRs for JMI to accomplish the task of training Master Trainers and Counsellors in HIV/AIDS counselling. are Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Bawana, Delhi, Punjabi University, Patiala, University of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, Post Graduate Institute for Medical and Research, Chandigadh, Bhagat Phool Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Sonepat). 

World AIDS Day this year is about “Getting to Zero.” Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths. Backed by the United Nations the “Getting to Zero” campaign runs until 2015 and builds on last year’s successful World AIDS Day “Light for Rights” initiative encompassing a range of vital issues identified by 
key affected populations. The global HIV response is at a pivotal moment, where huge strides forward are at serious risk and current approaches are reaching their limits. Only one third of the 15 million people living with HIV in need of life long treatment are receiving it. New infections continue to outpace the number of people starting treatment, while the upward trend in resources suffered a serious downturn this year. “Zero New HIV Infections” and “Zero Discrimination” are equally as likely to spark high impact events from small scale community vigils to nation wide events using the universally recognised shape of zeros and the power of light to get life and death issues the attention they deserve. For December 1st 2011 right up until 2015 it’s envisioned that 
different regions and groups will each year chose one or all of the Zeros that best addresses their situation. 




World AIDS Day held at SP College


On the eve of World AIDS Day, the Red Ribbon Club of S. P. College organized an awareness lecture on AIDS for the faculty, students and the residents in the college vicinity today.

Dr. Khurshied Ahmad Qureshi, consultant Physician, community medicine, Govt. Medical College, Srinagar deliberated upon the issues, causes, symptoms, consequences and preventive measures about AIDS. A number of real-life case studies were exhibited through Power Point presentation during the lecture. The physician stressed the need for a controlled life style and behaviour coupled with religious adherence.

The Principal of the college, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Gilkar highlighted the role of religious preachers, Medical Professionals and intellectuals in disseminating the awareness about this syndrome.