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Steely resolve to battle AIDS

Tata Steel will organise a host of awareness programmes throughout December as a part of World AIDS Month.

Tata Main Hospital (TMH) chief G. Ramdas on Friday said information-education-communication programmes on AIDS would be held across states. While Jamshedpur and West Bokaro are the two venues in Jharkhand, Kalinganagar, Sukinda, Gopalpur in Odisha and a few places in Chhattisgarh will also host drives.

Organised under the aegis of the nodal centre for AIDS, Tata Steel, Tata Main Hospital and the CSR wing of the steel major, the theme for the programme is Getting To Zero — HIV and Adolescents.

To begin with, nursing students of TMH have started conducting awareness sessions among patients and their escorts with the help of models and posters. The sessions are held thrice a week on consecutive days in the waiting area of the pathology department. Around 200 people attend each session, which will continue till month-end.

Besides, from December 1, volunteers of Tata Steel Rural Development Society have been performing nukkad nataks at TMH dispensaries followed by interactive sessions with doctors who help bust myths. It will continue till Saturday.

Among the upcoming events, an interactive session will be held at Transport Park for truckers.

“We plan to open a mobile centre — Tata Sadhan — in Gopalpur where any person with symptoms of sexually transmitted disease will be offered counselling and sent for an HIV test,” said H.K. Gardin, the head of the nodal centre for AIDS, Tata Steel.