In a bid to create awareness on HIV/AIDS, Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society collaborated with the Department of Forest and Wildlife, officials said Tuesday.
According to a statement, activities were taken up to make the participants of Nature and Wild Life trekking aware about HIV/AIDS and modes of transmission and prevention. “More than 1000 people participated in this awareness walk. On this 9 km trekking route, messages were framed and were put up in a way that the beauty of the wildlife is not disturbed,” it said. “Participants were also sensitised about the facilities available in the field of HIV/AIDS in the city. The toll free HIV/AIDS helpline number was also published,” it added.
According to officials, a street play was staged to make the participants aware about the disease and motivate them for voluntary blood donation. “A quiz was also organised where participants were asked questions about HIV/AIDS, voluntary blood donation, drug abuse and facilities being provided by government in the field of HIV. It also included questions on wildlife. This activity not only creates awareness but also help people to generate knowledge about the health facilities available in the city,” the statement said.