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Rally marks World AIDS Day

Staff Correspondent

10-day awareness programme on AIDS and children's rights launched

— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Loud and clear:Nursing students taking out a rally in Mysore on Wednesday.

MYSORE: Nursing students and members of various associations took out a rally here on Wednesday to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS on the occasion of World AIDS Day.

Minister in-charge of Mysore district S.A. Ramdas, who is also Minister for Medical Education, flagged off the rally from Mysore Medical College and Research Institute premises. The institute's Director and Dean Geetha Avadhani was present.

Carrying placards with messages on measures to be taken for AIDS prevention, the participants passed through Irwin Road and Ashoka Road before concluding the rally at the Town Hall where a programme was held on the theme ‘HIV control and youth'. Mysore Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer G. Satyavathi addressed the gathering. The district administration, Department of Health and Family Welfare, District AIDS Prevention and Control Cell, District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) and various other organisations had jointly organised the programme.

District Health Officer B.S. Nagaraj, District Surgeon G.M. Vamadev, K.R. Hospital ART Centre chief H. Vasudev Nayak, District AIDS Prevention and Control Officer T. Raghukumar and District TB Control Officer Sandeep were among those present.

A 10-day awareness programme on AIDS and children's rights organised under the joint auspices of the DLSA and the Department of Information began here on Wednesday.

Principal District and Sessions Judge H.P. Sandesh inaugurated the programme and addressed the gathering. Mysore Bar Association president Appaji Gowda was among those present.

The programme will be conducted at Himmavu, Kempisiddanahundi, Hulimavu, Bilgere, Horalawadi, Mullooru, Nagarle, Hosakote, Agastyapura, Puttabeeranahundi, Maradipura, Kottegala, Kurubur, Ankanahalli, Menasinakyathanahalli, Ketupura, Senapathihalli, Turuganur and Yachenahalli, according to the department.

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