Gangtok, 03 Nov (IPR): The grand finale of the Multi Media Campaign 2018-19 was conducted by Sikkim AIDS Control Society, Department of Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare, Government of Sikkim and supported by Recovering Users Network at the auditorium hall of Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree College.
Multi Media Campaign is a Campaign envisaged by National AIDS Control Organization and implemented in all the North East States since 2010-2011. The main objective of the Campaign was to spread awareness on HIV/ AIDS, Substance abuse, encourage voluntary testing & practice safe sexual behaviour, to love & care about people living with HIV and AIDS and also to break the myths & misconceptions related to HIV through music, art & sports.
The programme was chaired by MLA, Mr Shyam Pradhan, and was accompanied by Mr Aashis Rai (GMC Chairman), Ms Sandhya Prasad (Councillor GMC), Mr Vishal Chauhan (Commissioner cum Secretary Health), Dr.Uttam Pradhan (Principal Director Health), along with officials of the department, NGOs and students from in an around Gangtok.
While addressing the crowd, Mr. Shyam Pradhan said that now a days people have become more aware about HIV / AIDS through such campaigns. He highly appreciated the efforts of SACS for organising such a great cultural programme which addresses important issues of society and make people more aware about HIV/ AIDS . He thanked NGO’s and volunteers for their huge contributions.
Principal Director Health , Dr. Uttam Pradhan, in his address highlighted that the main objective of this multi media campaign was to promote safe behaviour and address issues related to this stigma.
He enlighted about different population groups to seek services like ICTC, Prevention of Parent-To-Child Transmission [PPTCT], Antiretroviral therapy [ART], Sexually Transmitted Infections [STI] and Opioid Substitution Therapy [OST], and highlighted the importance of blood safety and suggested to increase awareness on the availability of ART and use of condoms.
Dr. Pradhan also urged the gathering to spread the knowledge of HIV/AIDS which is manageable, can be treated and can lead to a normal and healthy life.
During the programme, free HIV testing was also conducted by Mobile Integrated Counselling & Testing Centre (ICTC) from SSACS, wherin approximately hundred people were tested on the spot.
A total of 15 musical bands from Sikkim had taken part in the music competition out of which 5 were selected for the grand finale.
During the programme, guest band’s
like the famed Mantra Band performed to cheer the audience.
The event concluded with cash prize and memento distribution to the winners by the Chief Guest.
Roll heads (South Sikkim) bagged first position with cash prize of Rs 70,000, 2nd prize was bagged by The Rains (East Sikkim) with cash prize of Rs 50,000 and 3rd prize was bagged by Guns from Country Side (West Sikkim)with cash prize of Rs 30,000.