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LAHORE, Dec 8 (APP): Provincial Minister for Minority Affairs and Human rights, Khalil Tahir Sandhu has said awareness material about AIDS is being included in syllabus.
He said this while addressing an awareness seminar on united efforts, social rehabilitation and complete elimination of AIDs held on the occasion of World AIDs Day under the aegis
of Phonin Foundation at University of Education College Road, Lahore on Tuesday.
Vice Chancellor Dr. Rauf Azam, Dr. Noor ul Zaman Rafiq,Dr. Faisal Majeed, Bashir Naz and Miss Mariya Ali threw light on the figures, causes and treatment of AIDs.
The minister said AIDs was a world problem and AIDs free society programme 2020 was being implemented with the cooperation of UNO. He counted illiteracy, drugs use, poverty
and other social issues as root causes of AIDs. He said protection from all diseases was possible through observing hygienic principles.
He said observing world AIDs Day was aimed at to inform the people about the steps for protection from this disease which is spread through use of drugs, blood transfusion and
used syringes.He said treatment, guidance and rehabilitation facilities are being provided to the AIDs patients by health Department only in Punjab province. He said due to the awareness campaign of the government and collective efforts, this disease will be
completely controlled by 2020.He said at present treatment of AIDs is being provided
only in government hospitals. He said action is also continuing by the government against quakes and medical stores selling fake medicines.Earlier, awareness about AIDs and drugs was provided through puppet show.