DIBRUGARH, Dec 1 - The World AIDS Day was observed today with a day-long programme at the auditorium of Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) central office here under the aegis of Socio Educational Welfare Association (SEWA).
The programme included awareness cum cultural programmes. Rani Boro, Secretary, District Legal Service Authority, Dibrugarh, Dr Partha Pratim Das, Associate Professor, Microbiology Department, AMCH, Dr Bikash Kumar Singh, Associate Professor, Blood Bank, AMCH, Dibrugarh and Bishnu Gohain, District Programme Coordinator, TB Control Programme attended the programme as special guests. Over 200 people were in attendance for the programme.
Arfan Hussain, Director, SEWA, in his inaugural speech, stated that SEWA is extensively working with all stakeholders to achieve the �90-90-90� targets for 2020, which was to ensure that 90% of people living with HIV are aware of their status, 90% of people diagnosed with HIV are receiving treatment and 90% of all people receiving treatment have achieved viral suppression.
He also talked about hardships, stigma and discrimination faced by the people living with HIV. Guest speaker Rani Boro explained in detail about the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017. She also delivered a talk on life skills.
Dr Bikash Kumar Singh spoke about the current HIV/AIDS status, prevention methods, ART Treatment and about blood transfusion etc. The meeting was also attended by the general secretary of SEWA Altaf Hussain.