The World AIDS Day was observed in different districts across the country on Saturday.
In Munshiganj, speakers at a discussion said AIDS is not a contagious disease. There is no need to be concerned about its spreading via touch or using same utensils.
Informing that the district has 208 patients infected with AIDS, the speakers also gave treatment advice for affected patients in details.
The discussion was organised by Munshiganj Health Department at district General Hospital conference room on Saturday morning, marking the World AIDS Day.
With the slogan, ‘HIV Test Yourself, Know Yourself’, the health department also brought out a colourful procession that started from in front of the auditorium of the district Shilpakala Academy and ended at Munshiganj General Hospital after parading the main city streets.
Deputy Commissioner Saila Farajana spoke as the chief guest at the discussion chaired by district civil surgeon Dr Md Habibur Rahman.
Additional superintendent of Police Khandker Ashfaquzzaman and BMA President Dr Akhter Hossain Bappi addressed the discussion as special guests with resident medical officer Dr Sakhawat Hossain presenting the welcome speech. Dr Devraj Malakar, among others, spoke on behalf of the senior consultant (Surgery) Dr Golam Mohiuddin.
At the start of the discussion, Dr Atiqur Rahman presented a documentary about the origin, spread and the function of HIV virus.
In Rangpur, health experts at a post-rally discussion in Rangpur stressed creating ample awareness among the vulnerable group people, including floating sex workers, about preventing the spread of deadly HIV/AIDS diseases, reports BSS.
The experts put forward the suggestion at the discussion organised by the Rangpur civil surgeon’s office at Sadar Hospital in observance of the World AIDS Day-2018 on Saturday afternoon.
Sadar Upazila Health Complex, Light House, LAMB Hospital, Surjer Hanshi Clinic, Deep Eye Care Foundation, Community Eye Hospital, BRAC, FPAB, CNRS and Merry Stopes Clinic extended assistance in observing the day.
Earlier, a huge rally with participation of health officials, employees, civil society members, officials and executives of different organisations working with the vulnerable group people for preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS was brought out on the city streets.
Deputy Commissioner Enamul Habib attended the discussion as the chief guest with civil surgeon of Rangpur Dr Abu Md Zakirul Islam in the chair.
Sadar Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Dr Rabi Sankar, assistant director of the Department of Family Planning for Rangpur Mozammel Haque, official of Light House and HIV-AIDS expert Sahabul Islam addressed as special guests.
According to Sahabul Islam, a total of 5,586 people were infected with HIV viruses and 924 with AIDS in Bangladesh till 2017.
Of them, 125 AIDS patients died in 2017 alone,” Shahabul said putting stress on creating public awareness about prevention of further spread of the deadly diseases.
Dr Rabi Sankar discussed possibility of further spread of HIV/AIDS in the country, especially in the bordering areas, as the situation was deteriorating in the neighbouring countries.
Dr Zakirul Islam laid importance on disseminating adequate knowledge among the vulnerable group people and floating sex workers and the common people to create awareness about the issue.
The chief guest called for enhancing GO-NGO cooperation in fighting the growing threat of the deadly diseases of HIV/AIDS.