KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Information Shazia Marri has urged upon the society for collective & concerted efforts to create greater awareness and take preventive measures to save people from deadly HIV/Aids disease. Speaking as chief guest at Dialogue for Development Forum (DDF), held in connection to international Candle light movement on late Sunday evening at Arts Council, the Minister pointed out that HIV/AIDS is a silent killer and UN is making strenuous efforts to control this disease. But in our country not much is being done to save people from it through preventive measures.
She observed that Pakistani people and Society can not compete USA, UK, European Societies for their awareness efforts against HIV/AIDs because people of this country are also facing more acute problems like food shortages, education and health facilities, potable water, electricity etc. The Information Minister lauded the courage of people suffering from this fatal disease and said that their struggle for life is an example for the entire nation.
She emphasized the need for making anti HIV efforts at grass root level to educate people the with preventive measures to save them from this fatal disease which is not only a health related issue but also a matter of national survival. She announced that Sindh Government will make every effort to contain this disease and save the people from its ravaging effects.
On this occasion, Shazia Marri lit candles marking the launch of awareness movement which started from Greece. She also visited stalls established by NGOs and appreciated their dedication towards creating awareness about the issue. Later she distributed shields among Abdul Rahim Moosvi, Rana Asif of DDF, Chief Karachi Central Prison Nusrat Mangan, Dr. Sharaf Shah, Dr. Nasir Jalbani and others for their contribution towards spread of awareness regarding HIV/ AIDS.-SANA