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World Aids Day celebrated at Govt Nursing College Baramulla, GMC Srinagar


Faizan Ahmad


Srinagar Dec 01 (KINS): World Aids Day was celebrated across Kashmir on Wednesday to create awareness about this deadly disease.

December 1 is marked as World AIDS Day and the whole world comes together to mourn those 35 million people, who have succumbed to the condition ever since its identification in 1984.

According to J&K State Aids Control Society (JKSACA) figures, over 5500 people have been detected in J&K so far. Majority of them according to news agency KINS are from Jammu region.

While Government Nursing College Baramulla Wednesday celebrated World Aids Day to educate people about this deadly disease.

The nursing students held a debate and discussion about the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

They also held a rally and distributed pamphlets to create awareness about this life threatening disease.

Similarly, as part of webinar series, the fifth multidisciplinary webinar was organised by the Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Srinagar in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry GMC Srinagar, Department of Immunology SKIMS and J&K AIDS Control Society emphasising on this year’s theme, End Inequalities: End AIDS.

The webinar was inaugurated by Prof. Samia Rashid, Principal/ Dean GMC Srinagar. Dr. S. Muhammad Salim Khan, Professor & HOD Community Medicine gave the keynote address emphasizing the importance of convergence stakeholders in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Muzamil Hassan, Lecturer, Community Medicine and organising secretary gave a detailed presentation on the Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS, global scenario and its management modalities.

Dr. Imtiyaz Rasool, senior resident, department of Immunology SKIMS gave an extensive PowerPoint presentation on the mechanism of HIV transmission and it’s effects on various immunity cells in the body. He discussed the mechanism of antiretroviral therapy, including HAART and therapeutic vaccines and future directions.

Dr. Syed Mehvish, registrar at the department of Psychiatry, IMHANS-K, GMC Srinagar deliberated on the psychiatric perspective of neuropsychiatric manifestation and management of cases with HIV/AIDS.

She emphasised that HIV/AIDS is an illness due to behaviour and require multi disciplinary approach to address it.

She talked about the bidirectional relationship between HIV/AIDS and mental illnesses.

Imtiyaz Ahmad Khan, assistant director, JK AIDS control society gave an overall scenario of HIV/AIDS in Jammu and Kashmir, efforts made by JKSACS in containment of HIV/AIDS.

The webinar was conducted under aegis of J&K branches of Indian association of preventive and social medicine (IAPSM) and Indian public health association (IPHA).

Aids is a life threatening disease in which a person’s immune system becomes weak and redundant, thereby causing it to easily get affected by various common infections which is most cases lead to death. (KINS)

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