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December 01, 2010

AIDS awareness campaign in slum areas: Health Minister

NEW DELHI: Kiran Walia, Health Minister of delhi said on monday that an awareness campaign about AIDS will be launched in the capital's slum areas from December 1.

Elaborating on the plans by the Delhi government to mark World AIDS Day, Walia said a Red Ribbon Marathon will be organised besides plays. 'An integrated campaign 'Delhi Bole AIDS Nahin' will be launched apart from carrying out Nukkad-Nataks & Prabhat-Pheris in juggi-jhopri (slum areas) localities of Delhi,' added Walia. 

Awareness is a necessary element in fighting AIDS in slum areas. Walia also stressed the need for protecting the human rights of the HIV/AIDS patients, & said that a helping hand should be provided to them. There are 94 integrated counselling & diagnostic centres, 9 Anti-retroviral centres besides 5 drop-in centres operational in the national capital for treatment & care of HIV/AIDS patients.

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