Kegalle AIDS Awareness Program
An AIDS awareness program for residents of Kegalle district took place on Wednesday (01) to coincide with World AIDS Day under the patronage of the Governor of Sabaragamuwa, Tikiri Kobbekaduwa.
World AIDS Day falls on December 1 of each year. This time the theme was: “Eliminate Inequalities and Eliminate AIDS”.
AIDS Day awareness programs have been conducted around the world every year on December 1 since 1988. According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), AIDS has killed 36 million people worldwide and there are already 38 million people living with AIDS in the world. .
In Sri Lanka, 439 AIDS cases were identified in 2019 and 363 cases in 2020, Dr Shyama Somawardena told a special AIDS conference.
The winners of the AIDS Eradication Essay Competition, organized by the Kegalle District STD Prevention Institute among schoolchildren in the district, also received certificates of merit and financial aid.
Devmini Rajakaruna from Swarna Jayanthi National School, Kegalle won first place in junior category, Hasindi Karunasinghe from same college won second and Samindita Jayawardena from St. Joseph’s College, Kegalle won third place. Hasini Kaviraksha of St. Joseph College won first place in the senior category, Sansala Dissanayake of the same college won second place and Vishmika Jayasuriya of Walagama Maha Vidyalaya won third place.
Dr Asela Perera, Director of Kegalle Health Services, Dr Mihiri Priyangani, Medical Superintendent of Kegalle District General Hospital and Dr Nilanga Jayasinghe, Head of Kegalle District STD Control Institute were also present on occasion.