Delhi to launch AIDS awareness campaign in slum areas

New Delhi: Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia Monday said an awareness campaign about AIDS will be launched in the capital`s slum areas from Dec 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 and Prabhat-Pheris in juggi-jhopri (slum areas) localities of Delhi," the health minister said.

Walia also stressed the need for protecting the human rights of the HIV/AIDS patients, and said that a helping hand should be provided to them.

There are 94 integrated counselling and diagnostic centres, 9 Anti-retroviral centres besides 5 drop-in centres operational in the national capital for treatment and care of HIV/AIDS patients.

Awareness is a necessary element in fighting AIDS in slum areas.