Shri J P Nadda: World AIDS Day an occasion to renew our commitment to fight AIDS



Shri J P Nadda: World AIDS Day an occasion to renew our commitment to fight AIDS

“Let us pledge to help people with HIV+ to live a life of dignity”



The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda stated that the World AIDS Day is an occasion to renew our commitment to continue the fight against AIDS. He appealed to all, particularly the youth, to pledge on this day to be supportive to those who have HIV+ and to help them live a life of dignity.

The Union Health Minister was speaking at a grand function to mark the World AIDS Day at the Talkatora Stadium, here today. Shri Nadda said that today is a day for deep thinking and introspection. It is a day when we gauge how far we have come in our fight against the disease, what are our shortcomings and how do we, as a nation, collectively fill this gap. It is not only the fight of the patients, doctors and scientists, he stated. It needs to be team effort involving all stakeholders, families and communities who must unite in helping those inflicted with HIV+ and AIDS to live a life of dignity, free from any stigma. The society needs to play a supportive role in this endeavour, he added. He said that we must aim to achieve zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

While the number of new infections has fallen by 57% in the last decade, the Health Minister said that we should not be complacent in our efforts. The need of the day, he said, is to spread awareness about the disease which will help in not acquiring it at all. He emphasised on the role the youth can play in being themselves aware and spreading awareness about HIV and AIDS.

The Health Minister stated that the Health Ministry has singed MoUs with 11 Ministries for creating awareness about AIDS, while five more are in the pipeline.

Speaking at the occasion, Shri Lov Verma, Secretary (H&FW) said that the youth can be the champions in spreading awareness about AIDS which will go a long way to prevent it. “Know AIDS for No AIDS”, he said. He emphasised on the importance of becoming stakeholders and uniting in the fight against the disease.

Mr Jaco Chilliers, Country Director, UNDP India and Mr. Oussama Tawil, Country Coordinator, UNAIDS India commended India for its achievements in containing AIDS. Mr. Oussama Tawil said that India has made significant achievement in prevention, treatment and care of those inflicted with the disease. India thus has set a regional and global example. Mr Jaco Chilliers stated that it is a privilege to partner with India in its efforts against AIDS. He saluted the resilience and courage of those who are fighting it.

The Health Minister Sh Nadda launched the National toll free AIDS helpline number 1097, and also the Digital Resource Centre and the Supply Chain Management System on the occasion. The Helpline Number will work 24*7 and will be available in regional languages. It has been developed in collaboration with USAID. The Health Minister also launched the District Epidemiological Factsheets which will be useful to the programme managers in the field.
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