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CM urges people to remove stigma attached to HIV/AIDS

PANAJI: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has exhorted the people of the state not to be a part of regressive society and urged them to join hands and eradicate the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
Parrikar was speaking at the Legislative Forum on HIV/AIDS organised by Goa State AIDS Control Society and Goa Legislative Assembly with the support of AIDS Control at Assembly Complex, Porvorim, on Friday.
Parrikar, citing the example of the recent incident at Rivona, said that people need to use their common sense to eliminate the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS.
Stressing the need to know why, how and through what it can or cannot be contracted, Parrikar said, “We need to be vigilant and arrest the spread of HIV/AIDS which is spreading mostly due to ignorance.”
He further informed that Ebola, a disease in which the red cells busts internally taking a human life instantly, is rising its ugly head.
Speaker of Goa legislative assembly Rajendra Arlekar, speaking on the occasion, underscored the need to change thinking and have self control. Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that it is the state’s dream to have zero new infections within 4-5 years time. Being a literate state, new cases of HIV/AIDS can definitely be brought down, he remarked.
Principal Secretary (Health) Parimal Rai, in his welcome and inaugural address, gave statistics of HIV/AIDS cases in Goa with Salcete accounting for 18.4 per cent cases, Mormugao 12.8 per cent, Tiswadi 11.5 per cent and Bardez 14.5 per cent. The Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, PWD Minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar’ Co-operation Minister Pandurang Dhavlikar, Deputy Speaker Anand Shet, MLAs Dr Pramod Sawant, Rohan Khaunte, Subhash Phal Dessai, Ganesh Gaonkar, were amongst those present on the occasion.
Dr Madhu Sharma, project director gave a brief presentation on the various aspects, objectives and the role legislative members can play in removing the myths and misconceptions in the minds of the public about HIV/AIDS.

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