Today, on December 1st, the global community observes World AIDS Day, a significant initiative started by the World Health Organization on December 1, 1988. This annual event is dedicated to raising awareness about Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and providing support to those affected by the disease.
Despite concerted efforts worldwide, the complete eradication of HIV/AIDS remains elusive, and the disease continues to persist. In the state, the number of AIDS patients is on the rise, emphasizing the ongoing challenges in combating the spread of the virus. Recent statistics reveal that as of October 2023, there are 5259 reported cases of AIDS in the state.
To mark World AIDS Day, the State AIDS Control Society organized an awareness procession on Friday. The event commenced with a brief ceremony at Umakanta Ground, attended by State Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha, Minister Tinku Roy, Women’s Commission Chairperson Jharna Debbarma, and other dignitaries. Following the ceremony, a symbolic procession traversed various city streets, aiming to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.
The procession, starting from Umakanta Ground, weaved through the city, symbolizing the collective effort to combat the prevalence of HIV/AIDS. It concluded by returning to Umakanta Ground, highlighting the significance of community involvement in spreading awareness and addressing the challenges associated with the disease.
World AIDS Day serves as a crucial reminder that despite advancements, the battle against HIV/AIDS is far from over. The awareness procession organized by the State AIDS Control Society underscores the importance of continued efforts to educate the public and support those affected by this persistent health threat.