By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 1 Dec: On the occasion of World AIDS Day, an awareness campaign was conducted by Himalayan Hospital, Jolly Grant. Various programmes were organised. People coming to the skin disease OPD were given information about the causes, symptoms, prevention and treatment of AIDS. Also, myths were dispelled about AIDS amongst the people.
Today, people coming to the OPD of Dermatology Department of Himalayan Hospital were made aware about AIDS. During the programme organized on this occasion, Head of the Department, Dr Rashmi Jindal said that AIDS is caused by the HIV virus. This virus weakens the immunity of humans. The purpose behind celebrating this special day is to make people aware of HIV disease.
Dr Rashmi Jindal reiterated that the reasons for the spread of AIDS are unsafe sex, transfusion of HIV infected blood, use of infected needles during pregnancy or delivery of an HIV positive woman, or even by breastfeeding a newborn baby.
Dr Samarjit Roy, Dr YS Bisht, Dr Ruchi, etc., were present on this occasion.
At an AIDS awareness rally by HIMS, on behalf of the Department of Community Medicine, and under the guidance of Head of the Department, Dr Ashok Kumar Srivastava, people were made aware about the dangers of AIDS in Kudkawala and Gauhari Mafi Raiwala Health Centre, Doiwala. The students went door-to-door and gave information about AIDS to the people and also distributed red ribbons. Present on this occasion were Dr Himanshu, Dr Deepshikha, Dr Vaibhav, Dr Chirag, etc.
Symptoms of AIDS –
Dr Samarjit Roy said that, due to AIDS, the patient suddenly starts losing weight, there can be fever for a long time, diarrhoea can persist for a long time, there can be inflammation of glands in the body and there can be many wounds on the tongue, etc.