Migrant workers to be sensitised about AIDS
Berhampur: Migrant workers who
will move out of the state in search of livelihood in October will be given lessons on safe sex at various points including
their villages, bus and railway stations and at their
Orissa State Aids Control Society (OSACS) will launch
the project in 11 out of the 30 districts in the state as part
of its strategy to sensitise the migrants about HIV infection
and AIDS, OSACS project director A C Padhihari said today.
"The National AIDS Control Organisation has approved our
proposal to launch the intervention programme," he said.
Besides Ganjam, the programme will be implemented in
Gajapati, Khurda, Balasore, Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj, Bolangir,
Nabarangapur, Puri, Nuapada and Kalahandi districts.
The large number of migrant workers are considered
potential carriers of HIV and AIDS to the state and the
programme to create awareness among them had been proposed to
NACO which accepted it.
NACO has decided to implement the proposal in 122
districts in eight states, including Orissa, he said.
However, a detailed strategy is yet to be chalked out,
Studies revealed that the number of HIV positive people
was higher in Ganjam district, where the number of migrants
workers who move out of the state is high. Most of the persons
tested HIV positive were believed to have been infected with
the virus at their work places.
As many as 6,905 persons from the district have tested
HIV positive, while 447 patients suffering from AIDS were
detected by June end. The figures are highest in the state.
An estimated 8 lakh people from rural areas of Ganjam
are working in textile and diamond cutting factories in Surat
and Ahmedabad in Gujarat, official sources said.
An AIDS prevention acitivist Loknath Mishra said the
infected migrant workers spread the disease to their family
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