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Sensitization and Awareness Workshop on HIV/AIDS

Inauguration Address by Sj. Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, Hon'ble Mayor, KMC

Objectives of the Workshop

Workshop was organized to sensitize and aware the medical practitioners of KMC to capacitate them in a way that they could

  • Explain the basic biology of HIV
  • Describe HIV transmission routes
  • Understand the importance of concurrent STIs in increasing risk of HIV transmission
  • Discuss the natural history of HIV and list the major opportunistic infections that occur among AIDS patients in Kolkata city
  • Describe the major elements of HIV prevention amd control programmes and their roles and responsibilities in strengthening NACP-III in Kolkata.

Details of Date, Time and Venue

  • Date of the workshop 22nd June 2007-06-26
  • Time of workshop 1 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
  • Venue of the workshop Council Chamber of Kolkata Municipal Corporation

Participants Guests and Speakers

  • Total Participants 110
  • Guests Medical Personnel

Speakers

Inaugural Session

  1. Welcome Address Dr. Tapati Saha, Chairperson, West Bengal Legislator's Forum on HIV/AIDS
  2. Inauguration Address by Sj. Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, Hon'ble Mayor, KMC
  3. Address by Sj. Dr. Subodh Dey, MMIC Health, KMC
  4. Address by Sj. Dr. Abu Sufian, MMIC Bastee, KMC
  5. Address by Sj. Dr. Pravin Kr. Seu, Member, West Bengal Legislator's Forum on HIV/AIDS
  6. Speech by Dr. Dev Dwaipayan Chatterjee, State Municipal Health Officer
  7. Vote of Thanks Dr. Rajendra S. Shukla, IAS, Project Director, West Bengal State AIDS Prevention and Control Society

Technical Session

  1. Dr. N. Deb, Joint DHS (Training), West Bengal State AIDS Prevention and Control Society

Questions and Answer Session

  1. Dr. Rajendra S. Shukla, IAS, Project Director, WBSAP&CS
  2. Dr. N. Deb, Joint DHS (Training), WBSAP&CS
  3. Dr. Arunagshu Talukdar, Programme Officer, WBSAP&CS

Highlights of the workshop

HIV is transmitted from person to person. Each infected person interacts with other individuals in a variety of relationships, is a member of at least one cultural group, belongs to some type of community, and lives in specific social and economic environments. Thus, the conditions under which individuals transmit HIV to others very in a highly complex manner across individuals, families, groups, neighborhoods, regions, and countries. Such variation, combined with the charged issues of transmission through sexual contact and drug use, presents a compelling challenge to the design and implementation of effective public health measures to control the AIDS epidemic. In the light of the said discussion held in the workshop, prevention and mitigation of HIV/AIDS in Kolkata was highlighted.

Dr. Tapati Saha in her inaugural speech stressed the need of organization of this kind of workshop at the borough level for the executive officers, elected councilors, honorary health workers, project directors and other personnal of KMC. She also stated that day long workshop would be organized for every 3 borough.

Shri Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, Honorable Mayor, Kolkata Municipal Corporation, inaugurated the workshop and stressed the need of a pre-discussion environment. He is against creating a fearful atmosphere. He also said that the sexuality is a dutiful and decent part of human life and therefore it should not be disturbed in the name of AIDS Menace.

Dr. Rajendra S. Shukla, IAS, Project Director, West Bengal State AIDS Prevention and Control Society delivered vote of thanks and said that awareness is not the end in itself rather it is the beginning as many doctors are still not ready to attend the PLWHAs in our state run hospitals.

In the business session Dr. N. Deb, Join DHS (Training) WBSAP&CS discussed bio-medical aspects related to HIV/AIDS through PowerPoint presentation.

At the end of the technical discussion participants were requested to ask their questions. Answers of the questions were given by Dr. Ranjendra S. Shukla, IAS, Project Director, WBSAP&CS, Dr. N. Deb, Joint DH (Training), WBSAP&CS and Dr. Arunagshu Talukdar, Programme Officer, WBSAP&CS.

Follow Up Action

Honorary Health workers of KMC need to be trained in the HIV/AIDS prevention, care and impact mitigation to upsurge in the number of infected persons in the city. Participants would be asked to participate in the said training workshops.

 

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