By Jagpreet Sandhu, Chandigarh, November 27 : Fun rides, food stalls, fun games and cultural events does not ends up the Jadunagri of the Chandigarh Carnival 2011. Apart from these activities happening all around, there are also stalls managed by some NGO’s. Among which is placed by Chandigarh State Aids Control Society, who are taking an initiative to educate and create awareness among the people on AIDS & HIV with the help of there magician Ved Prakash, with his few magic tricks to attract the audience.
The Chandigarh State Aids Control Society is headed in sector 15, Chandigarh who are making consistent efforts to develop an atmosphere of knowledge regarding AIDS & HIV. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or AIDS is a disease of the human immune system caused by the human immuno deficiency virus (HIV). The illness interferes with the immune system making people with AIDS much more likely to get infections, including opportunistic infections and tumors that do not affect people with working immune systems. This susceptibility gets worse as the disease continues.
Dr. Sandeep Jassal a Preventive Health Consultant & Director of “Live Life More Foundation” said that Prevention is the only cure for AIDS. Although antiretroviral treatment can suppress HIV ( the virus that causes AIDS ) and can delay illness for many years, but it cannot clear the virus completely, he added. Dr. Jassal has been involved with the CSACS for the production of some excellent radio programmes for the AIR on AIDS & HIV awareness which have been applauded by the listeners.
The magic show produced by the team of CSACS at the Carnival includes causes, preventive measures and educating elements regarding AIDS & HIV. Pamphlets are being distributed among the audience and queries are being answered after the show on all aspects of AIDS & HIV.
Harpreet ( 23 ), a visitor on the stall of CSACS said that the knowledge being provided about HIV is beneficial specially for the youth, who due to lack of awareness and knowledge on this topic gets in contact with the disease.
India is one of the largest and most populated countries in the world and it’s estimated that around 2.4 million people are currently living with HIV. In a country where poverty, illiteracy and poor health are rife, the spread of HIV presents a daunting challenge. But with the help of some NGO societies like that of CSACS & many other, HIV seems to be cured if prevented.