World AIDS Day Celebration


Members of Association of Community Pharmacists of India (ACPI) and Red Ribbon Club in Malik Deenar College of Pharmacy, Kasaragod co-ordinate World AIDS Day Celebrations in Kasaragod. All staff in Government Hospital, Kasaragod was supplied with red ribbon and leaflets for spreading awareness to the patients attending the hospital on Dec.1, 2009.



Hospital pharmacies in 5 leading hospitals in Kasaragod town were also supplied with red ribbon and leaflets for spreading awareness to the patients attending the hospital on the same day. Red ribbons and leaflets where given to 20 popular community pharmacies in the Kasaragod town. And the community pharmacists worked on Dec. 1st spreading the message against HIV & AIDS to the people at Kasaragod.

 


In the words of Kerala State AIDS Control Society (KSACS); Mainstreaming of HIV & AIDS and ensuring safe blood are major activities to control the spread of HIV & AIDS in the country. Of the over 1 billion youth (ages 15-24) worldwide, some 10 million youth are living with HIV: .Every day, an estimated 6,000 youth are infected with the virus. Out of 2.47 million estimated population infected by HIV in India, 88.7% are in the age group of 15-49 years. In view of this, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India has proposed to establish a network with Universities and educational institutions to generate awareness regarding HIV & AIDS and to promote Voluntary Blood Donation to ensure safe blood and implement preventive programs on HIV & AIDS.

 

Principal Dr. Molly Mathew dictated the pledge of KSACS about AIDS to the students and staff of the Malik Deenar College of Pharmacy. A rally on the rural part of Kasaragod near KINFRA Industrial Park, Kasaragod was conducted in the busy evening of Seethangoli commercial area.



Shop owners, lorry drivers and pedestrians were supplied with the informative leaflets to spread awareness on AIDS. Around 400 students and staff participated in the rally wearing white coat and red ribbons to spread the message of AIDS preventions and control.

 
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