Delhi CM flags off 'Red Ribbon Van' on World AIDS Day

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit flagged off a mobile 'Red Ribbon Van' here to create an awareness about the disease on the occasion of World AIDS day today.

The van, carrying HIV/AIDS prevention messages, will travel across the city to mobilise mass awareness about HIV and AIDS. The van has also HIV testing facilities.

On the occasion, an integrated campaign "Delhi Bole AIDS Nahin" which seeks to increase awareness among the people living in 'juggi-jhopari' clusters in different parts of the city.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the "best cure to treat the disease is to have knowledge and awareness about it".

She said a mass campaign to create awareness among the people about the disease will be launched through radio, television and outdoor publicity soon.

Health Minister Kiran Walia said 94 integrated counselling and diagnostic centres are operational in Delhi to offer free treatment to AIDS-affected people.

Project director of Delhi AIDS Control Society Faizi O Hashmi said the number of the HIV/AIDS cases in Delhi is 0.2 per cent against the national average of 0.36 per cent.