Functioning of the AIDS Control Society is controlled by some racket, Mayor K Chandrika alleged here on Saturday. She said that there was less public participation in such activities.
“Though HIV infection is deadly, the number of sex workers in the city are rising day by day,” she said, while inaugurating the World AIDS Day programmes, jointly organised by the Anti-Narcotic Action Centre of India (ANACI), Information and Public Relations Department, Youth Welfare Board, University Students Union and the Corporation at the Centenary Hall, University College, here on Saturday.
The Mayor urged the public to show empathy towards AIDS patients and to take steps to eradicate the disease. ANACI chairman Shaji Prabhakaran presided over the function.
Hundreds of students and volunteers took AIDS eradication pledge at the function.
AIDS Day Observed at Technopark
Technopark, Terumo Penpol Limited and Tejus, a Technopark-based NGO, jointly observed the World AIDS Day at the Technopark on Friday.
M Vasudevan, senior manager, Business Development, Technopark, inaugurated the function. The event was a huge success with a good number of techies attending the event. Around 55 people voluntary donated blood at the function.
The prizes for slogan and voluntary blood donation contest were distributed by Yoshihiro Kimura, chairman, Terumo Penpol Limited (TPL).
In his speech on ‘How Technopark Can Promote Voluntary Blood donation’, C Padmakumar, executive director, TPL, shared his idea on how a systematic approach towards voluntary blood donation at Technopark could make a huge difference in solving the current blood crisis and emphasised the importance of repeated voluntary blood donations.
Varghese V J from Gemini Software Solutions gave a brief introduction on Tejus, a charitable society registered as an NGO and highlighted the acute shortage of blood faced by various hospitals in the city such as Sree Chitra, Medical College and especially RCC.
Vasudevan promised his support for conducting regular blood donation camps at Technopark and addressed the techies that out of 40,000 employees of Technopark, even if half of them could regularly donate blood, it could help solve the ever growing blood requirements in various hospitals in the city.