World AIDS Day celebrated in Vasco

VASCO: The members of Desterro Eves Mahila Mandal (DEMM) on Saturday celebrated World AIDS Day by visiting the Vasco police station with an aim to create awareness on achieving zero new HIV/AIDS infections. The organisation is one of the oldest NGOs in Goa working towards the cause since its inception in 1984.

DEMM president, Ms Celsa Antao, who is a recipient of Yashadamini award, complemented the Vasco police for helping the organisation by extending their support especially to women and children in distress.

The members of the association met the police officials of Vasco police station including the PI, Mr Rupendra Shetgaonkar and praised them saying that the Vasco police station is women and child friendly police station.

DEMM have organised various programmes for women and children to highlight the theme, ‘Getting to Zero’. A poster competition will be held for children at Zuarinagar, a rangoli competition for women in Baina, a health camp for migrant women and children at Mangor Hill and Khariwadda and sensitisation programmes for railway staff at Vasco railway station and also for RTO officials.

Meanwhile, the Government Higher Secondary School at Baina in collaboration with Mormugao Port Trust Hospital, Headland-Sada organised an awareness seminar to commemorate the ‘World AIDS Day’ on Saturday. A special AIDS awareness programme was also organised by the NSS unit of the Baina HSS.

The deputy chief medical officer of MPT Hospital, Dr Nimesh Pillai addressed the gathering. A special presentation was made by Dr Sabrina Pereira e Vaz. A volunteer test for HIV was carried out with the help of nurses, Ms Lucy Gracias and Ms Anjali Anvekar. The programme was initiated by the MPT chairman, Mr P Mara Pandiyan and was coordinated by chief medical officer, MPT Hospital, Dr Kundalkar.

The principal of Baina HSS, Ms Rose D’Souza welcomed the gathering. Ms Ida Lourenco introduced the guests. The function was compered by Ms Edna Dias while Mr Sarveshwar Naik proposed the vote of thanks.

Meanwhile, the World Vision India in association with Goa Bal Swasthya Project and Bethesda Charitable Trust also observed ‘World AIDS Day’ by organising a rally from Zorint to Birla, Zuarinagar.