Health Deptt holds ‘Awareness Seminar’ on World AIDS Day
Ferozepur, December 1, 2023: World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who've died of the disease. Instead of socially boycotting AIDS patients, there should be emotional attachment and they should also be encouraged to get treatment from specialist doctors, expressed these words of Civil Surgeon Ferozepur Dr. Shusma Thakkar during a seminar organized on the occasion of World AIDS Day.
Dr. Thakkar said that together we all have to defeat this disease and also make people aware of AIDS. According to a report by the World Health Organization, 39.0 million people worldwide are suffering from a terrible disease like AIDS, and according to the AIDS Society of India, the total number of AIDS patients in India is around 24 lakh. The number of AIDS patients is increasing day by day. In such a situation, making people aware of this terrible disease has become the main need of the hour.
She said that even though there is no cure for AIDS, a person suffering from HIV can live a healthy life by taking medical advice from specialist doctors from time to time. She said that due to HIV, immunity becomes very weak, due to which this virus starts spreading rapidly in the body. If it is not treated at the initial stage, the person may have to lose his life. She said it is usually spread through unprotected sex and sharing vaccines or equipment used by someone who has HIV.
Civil Surgeon Dr. Shusma Thakkar informed that if we talk about the symptoms of HIV, appear sometime after the virus enters the body, initially the infected person has high fever, rashes on the body, sweating, feeling tired, vomiting-diarrhoea, Symptoms like lumps on the body, constant itching etc. can be seen. If it is not treated timely, this disease takes a serious form. In such a situation, if you have had unsafe sex in the past or have been admitted to the hospital due to any disease and these symptoms appear in the body, then immediately get an AIDS test done and consult a specialist doctor.
On this occasion Dr. Meenakshi District Immunization Officer, Dr. Yuvraj District Epidemic Officer, Superintendent Paramveer Monga, PA Vikas Kalra, Deputy Mass Media Officer Sandeep and others were present.