The World AIDS Day was observed yesterday in the port city as elsewhere in the division.To mark the day, rallies and discussions 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 discussions, 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 was held at Chittagong Civil Surgeon Office with Civil Surgeon Dr Azizur Rahman Siddique in the chair. Deputy Director of family planning Chittagong Dr Uk Sing Boby addressed the function as chief guest. Earlier, Chittagong Civil Surgeon Office brought a rally from Chittagong press club premises led by Civil Surgeon Dr Azizur Rahman Siddique. Doctors, social elite and NGO representatives were participated in the rally.
The rally concluded at Andarkillah Chittagong Civil Surgeon Office premises after parading different important city streets. 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 program. 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.
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