Migrant workers to be sensitised about AIDS
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 15:35
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 destinations.

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, he said.

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 members.


First Published: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 15:35

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