World AIDS Day is observed on the first day of December every year. The objective of marking the day for AIDS is to raise awareness about the causes, symptoms & prevention of the disease. AIDS or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, is a pandemic caused by the spread of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). This year, the theme announced by the World Health Organisation was “END INEQUALITIES. END AIDS. END PANDEMICS”.
Essar mobile medical team, in collaboration with Durgapur Sub Divisional Hospital, observed this day by involving 50 students of nursing training course of I-Q City Hospital and Durgapur Steel Plant Hospital in an awareness campaign. The event involved a walkathon and street-corner plays, and was inaugurated by Dr. Soumodeep Mandal, Asst. Superintend of the SD hospital. After the walk, short but informative dramas were presented by the nursing students, highlighting the social stigma associated with AIDS.
Dr. Surupa Bhattachariya – Asst. Superintend, Dr Sayak Biswa – Pathologist and Mr Ramkesab Banerjee – M.T. Lab Pathologist from SD Hospital, besides Essar’s CSR-Head, shared valuable information regarding the disease, preventive methods, treatment and a nurse’s role in the life of an AIDS patient. They also highlighted the role they play to eradicate discrimination and inequality against those infected.