Gangtok, December 1: Sikkim State Aids Control Society (SSACS) observed World AIDS Day at Chintan Bhawan. The Chief Guest at the event was K. Srinivasulu, Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim, who said that as our economic activities are increasing, health problems are also at a hike.
Project Director of Sikkim State AIDS Control Society, Dr Sarita Lama presented a brief report on the activities and intervention programmes that are conducted by SSACS in the state. She said that these programmes help to sensitize people with how HIV/AIDS control is being done since 1992 and has given a healthy result. “The present prevalence rate is only 0.5% which makes Sikkim one of the best state performing in the country.”
The organising team felicitated 13 supporters of mission HIV/AIDS control which included Red Ribbon Club Of Schools from all the four districts – Government Senior Secondary School, Mangan, Government Senior Secondary School, Mamring, Government Senior Secondary School, Lapdang and Government Secondary School, Kabrey; five NGOs. namely, Arithang Mahila Kalyankari Sangh, Khusboo and Group, Sikkim Lepcha Youth Association, Recovering Users Network and Dasharthik Sangh; and four individuals, K. C. Nima, Deepak Rai, Kishor Baniya and Jigmee Norbu Bhutia.
Red Ribbon Club of Government Senior Secondary Girls School, Deorali presented a theme-based song.
The celebration was followed by the Red Fest 2019 where Bipolar Shadows won the competition, followed by the first runner up Himalayan Junkies and second runner up G-Force. The three winners won prize money of Rs. 70,000, 50,000 and 30,000 respectively.
The winning band will represent Sikkim in the North East Multi-Media Campaign 2019, to be held at Imphal, Manipur on December 18.
The competition had a total of 21 bands who participated, out of which six reached the finals. The third, fourth and fifth runner up received consolation prizes sponsored by Minister, Arun Upreti. The awards were given to the best vocalist, drummer and guitarist.
The fest also witnessed the special performances by Still Waters, Roll Head and Nightmares and a theme-based drama by the Sikkim Lepcha Youth Association.
115 people volunteered themselves for the testing of HIV/AIDS which was conducted by mobile integrated counselling and testing centre (ICTC).