Silchar: 37 Assam Rifles’ social participation is much appreciated by people in rural and semi-urban areas of Cachar district. In consonance with this spirit, an awareness programme was organized on World’s Aid Day at the auditorium of Nehru College, Pailapool, Lakhipur subdivision. It is well known that the specter of the dreaded disease is fast taking the young generation in its grip. This symptom and syndrome of Aids are very much prevalent in Manipur, Mizoram, and Nagaland and its adverse impact is also felt in the bordering areas of Barak Valley.
In order to arouse consciousness among the youths and persons in the age group of 25 to 50, the awareness programme aimed at conveying the message of caution to the packed 73 NCC cadets to be aware of the serious consequences of the disease. The Major of Assam Rifles delivered the welcome speech with particular emphasis on leading a life of order and not disorder by being away from all the bad habits and consumption of intoxicating substances. His advice to the young and energetic cadets of 3 Bn NCC was to know the reasons behind the disease and take precautionary measures.
Y Kishore Singha, senior medical officer, Lakhipur PHC, explaining the reasons behind AIDS said this is caused by the HIV virus. According to him, type 1 and type II is more common in India. Aids is generally caused by unprotected sex with an infected partner. It may also spread through the use of infected syringes of HIV infected people and blood transfusions. The senior medical officer added to say many failed attempts have been made to cure aids caused by HIV. It has become a huge concern as 2.40 million Indians are living with the HIV virus.
P Rajbihari Singha, vice-principal of the college, said the only way to be free from the HIV virus is to lead a healthy life and in the event of infection, one should go to the counselling center and attend awareness programme as organized by Assam rifles. This has a salutary effect as the trend of HIV infected people is declining. The Major offered a vote of thanks to all the participants for attending the program who were treated to light refreshment.