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SKIMS Holds National Symposium

Society Needs to Rise in Preventing AIDS: Speaker
Speaker, J&K Legislative Assembly, Mohammad Akbar Lone has sought support of every section of the society in fight against the dreaded AIDS disease, which has killed millions of people worldwide.

The Speaker was addressing a gathering during a symposium on HIV/AIDS, here today. The symposium was organized by SKIMS, in collaboration with AIDS Society of India (ASI).

Praising the media for playing an important role in prevention and control of the disease by spreading relevant messages about care and treatment, Lone said hospitals need to be equipped with machines and drugs which facilitate investigation and AIDS prevention in quick time.

Exhorting SKIMS to hold more such seminars in future so that masses are made aware about the disease, the Speaker said a prevention and containment strategy on the analogy of prevention of smallpox is the need of the hour so that we don’t fall prey to the deadly disease.

The Speaker stressed the need for vigilance against AIDS and assured full administrative support for policies designated to contain and eliminate it.

Director, SKIMS, Dr. Abdul Hamid Zargar, on the occasion, enumerated the role played by SKIMS in spreading awareness about control of HIV/AIDS. He said the Institute is fully equipped to investigate and treat such cases. He said around 30 million adults and two million children are currently suffering from this disease. More than 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981, he added.

Dean Medical Faculty, Prof. Imtiaz Ali, in his presentation, reviewed the world scenario of AIDS.

During the deliberations, it was noted that more than 30,000 individuals have been screened at SKIMS, out of whom 292 were HIV positive. Currently, 130 patients are receiving Anti–Retroviral treatment at the institute.

Chairman, Organizing Committee, Prof. M. A. Siddique, Secretary General, AIDS Society of India, Dr. I. S. Gilada, President, ASI, Dr. J. K. Maniar, Project Director, State AIDS Society, Dr. M. A Wani, and Organizing Secretary, Dr. Safia, besides members of Medical Faculty, doctors and paramedics were present on the occasion. In addition, doctors from Skims Medical College, Government Medical College and Resident Staff doctors from the Health Services also attended the symposium.

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Source: NAK News

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