World AIDS Day observed in port city

World AIDS Day observed in port city

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The World AIDS Day was observed on Tuesday in the port city as elsewhere in the division.The theme of this year’s World Aids Day was “Getting to Zero.”To mark the day, rallies and discussion meetings were organized by District Civil Surgeon Office, Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH), Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) and Health Directorate of Chittagong and other organizations. Addressing the discussion meetings, the speakers stressed the need for raising public awareness, avoiding unsafe sexual contact and unsafe blood transfusion for controlling the disease.They urged all to abide by the social and religious norms to remain free from the disease.A discussion meeting was held at Chittagong Civil Surgeon Office with Civil Surgeon Dr Azizur Rahman Siddique in the chair. Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Mezbah Uddin, doctors, social elite and NGO representatives addressed the function.The speakers said young people should be made aware of the disease on priority basis and be given effective guidelines on safe health practices as the segment of the population is more vulnerable than others to be affected with HIV/AIDS.Civil Surgeon Dr Azizur Rahman Siddique said country’s health administration and healthcare delivery system have to be made more people-friendly to address the crucial health issue of HIV/AIDS apart from taking into consideration the socio-economic reality of the country in finalizing the HIV/AIDS prevention programme.He said religious leaders, teachers and community heads could play a significant role to create public awareness of the disease and motivate them to fight the menace.Earlier, a colourful rally was brought out from the Chittagong Press Club premises and concluded at Civil Surgeon office after parading different important roads.A large number of participants carrying banners, festoons and placards joined the rally.CCC brought out a rally from Shaheed Minar and ended it at Mamon Maternity Hospital.CCC mayor AJM Nasir Uddin attended a discussion meeting.BSS, Chittagong

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