Department of Microbiology
December 2021: Heath Camp for the Awareness & Screening of HIV/AIDS including other Sexually Transmitted Infections and Tuberculosis organized in the District Women’s Jail Aligarh
Every year, on 1 December, the world commemorates World AIDS Day. People worldwide unite to show support for people living with and affected by HIV and to remember those who lost their lives to AIDS. The theme of World AIDS Day 2021 is “End inequalities. End AIDS” focusing on the inequalities that drive HIV and AIDS.
Forty years since the first AIDS cases were reported, HIV still threatens the world. Today, the world is off track from delivering on the shared commitment to end AIDS by 2030, not because of a lack of knowledge or tools to beat AIDS, but because of structural inequalities that obstruct proven solutions to HIV prevention and treatment.
If we are to end AIDS by 2030; Without bold action against economic, social, cultural, and legal inequalities, the world risks missing the targets, especially in today’s situation of a prolonged COVID-19 pandemic and a spiraling social and economic crisis.
Today, on 1st December 2021, on the occasion of World AIDS Day, a Heath Camp for the Awareness & Screening of HIV/AIDS including other Sexually Transmitted Infections and Tuberculosis was organized in the District Women’s Jail Aligarh. The Health camp was organized by the Department of Microbiology, J.N. Medical College Aligarh in collaboration with voluntary organization Subhiksha Plus UPNP.
Principal of J.N. Medical College, AMU, Prof. Shahid Ali Siddiqui, Medical Superintendent JNMCH& chairman Department of Microbiology Prof. Haris M. Khan, Senior Superintendent Aligarh District Jail Mr. Vipin Kumar Mishra and Dr. Shahrukh CMO District Jail formally inaugurated the health camp. While addressing the women prisoners on this occasion, Senior Jail Superintendent Shri Vipin Kumar Mishra, highlighted the importance of World AIDS Day and appealed to the jail residents to share their health problems.
In his address, Dr. Shahid Ali Siddiqui, Principal of J.N. Medical College, Aligarh and Medical Superintendent Dr. Harris, praised the jail administration for the successful organization of the medical camp and also presented the facts about HIV/AIDS. Dr. Parvez Anwar Khan, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, talked about the objectives of the health camp and the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Dr. Hiba Sami, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, and Shri Anand Pandey, Jail pharmacist, conducted the program, and Dr. Hiba Sami also presented the vote of thanks.
The women prisoners were counseled and screened for HIV/AIDS, including other Sexually Transmitted Infections and Tuberculosis. Relevant samples were also collected for the diagnostic tests. Dr. Safia Firoz, Dr. Aarti Kumari, Dr. Zainab Rehman, Dr. Lubna Parveen, Ms. Shaheen Gauri, Ms. Fareen Hasim, Ms. Farheen Aslam, Ms. Heera Safiq, Shri Amit Raghav, and Shri Deepak Sharma from Subhiksha Plus UPNP were also present on occasion.