AIDS awareness van reported in Jalandhar district: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Jalandhar, November 10

Civilian surgeon Dr Ranjit Ghotra reported on Wednesday an AIDS / HIV awareness van in the district to raise awareness about AIDS in Jalandhar.

The van will remain in Jalandhar until November 26 and broadcast AIDS awareness to various regions. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Ghotra, Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, District Family Welfare Officer Dr Raman Gupta, District Vaccination Officer Dr Rakesh Chopra, District Health Officer Dr Arun Verma, District Dentist Dr Baljit Ruby, SMO Dr Rajiv Sharma, District TB Control Officer Dr Ragupriya, Dr Satinder Kaur, District Program Director Dr Sanjeev Malhan, Deputy MEIO Paramjit Kaur, BEE Manav Sharma, District Coordinator BCC Neeraj Sharma, among others, were present on occasion.

Civilian surgeon Dr Ranjit Ghotra said AIDS is a disease that attacks our immune system.

He also said that with the help of the AIDS awareness van, free HIV tests will also be carried out and counselors will educate people about AIDS prevention and the myths about it.

Discussing the reasons for the spread of AIDS infection, the civil surgeon said that AIDS is caused by unprotected sex with an HIV infected person, transfusion of HIV infected blood, sharing of syringes infected with HIV and from an HIV positive mother to her child.

Dr Raman Gupta, district-level family protection officer, said the van will cover more than 100 villages ranging from village level to AIDS awareness.

He said on Thursday that the van would head towards Kala Bakra, covering the villages nearby and that the next two days it would head towards Adampur and its villages. He said over the next few days he would be heading to villages in other blocks.

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