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Health experts and development activists at Rajshahi on Saturday unanimously called for mass awareness, especially among the youths to prevent spread of HIV/AIDS in the region, reports BSS.
They underscored for creating mass awareness about diseases like AIDS, health rules during sexual contacts, developing religious ethics and moral values, and involving the socio-religious and political leaders for prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Civil Surgeon Office organized the discussion at its conference hall in association with NGOs and voluntary organizations to mark the World AIDS Day- 2018 in the city. ‘Know Your Status’ was the main theme of the day. Before the meeting, they also staged a human chain at Luxmipur crossing and brought out a rally from there. After parading some of the city streets they ended the rally at near the meeting venue.
Chaired by Civil Surgeon Dr Sanjit Kumar Shaha, the meeting was addressed, among others, by Additional Superintendent of Police Mahmudul Hassan, Executive Director of Asakta Punarbashan Sangstha Abul Bashar, President of Diren Alo Hijra Sangha Miss Mohona and Senior Health Education Officer Md Shamsuzzaman.
In his keynote presentation, Dr Barna Bas Hasdak, Deputy Civil Surgeon, highlighted the importance of the day.
He underscored the need for taking effective measures by the NGOs and development agencies alongside the government to increase awareness among the people remove prejudices and change the people’s behavior in this regard.
Dr Sanjit Kumar Shaha emphasized the need for substantial and sustainable reduction of the existing HIV/AIDS risks. He stressed on concerted efforts of all quarters especially the community people.
He said HIV/AIDS is not only a health issue but also social concern and called for more coordination among different organizations and stakeholders to attain cherished results.
Dr Sanjit Shaha added that stigma and negative attitude towards the vulnerable population are the main challenge to prevent the HIV/AIDS.
Mahmudul Hassan emphasized the need for protecting the infected persons from their human rights violations as they are also the integral part of the society.
He stated that the universal access is a commitment to scale up access to HIV treatment, prevention, care and support with the cooperation from government development partners and civil society.