Bharati Pravin, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, stated on Tuesday that youth volunteering in the community will help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and blood donation as well as the stigma and discrimination associated with them.
On the occasion of International Youth Day, the minister interacted virtually with students from across the country.
Encourageing them to help build India’s nation as India celebrates its 75th anniversary of Independence, she stated, “I strongly believe that Sabka Saath and Sabka Vikas are essential for making our nation a great nation.” Your contributions are crucial for the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharata’ (self-reliant India) as envisaged by our dynamic Prime Minister NarendraModi. Pawar launched Phase II awareness campaigns on HIV/AIDS/TB under the ‘Azadi Kaprit Mahotsav.
She congratulated National AIDS Control Organisation for their successful Phase 1 awareness campaigns on HIV/TB, and promotion of blood donation.
She was inspired by the work of NACO in reaching out to large numbers of youth during the Covid-19 epidemic and released an e-booklet that NACO created to highlight the many awareness activities under Phase 1. This guide will help you connect with more students across the country to take part in the future activities.
She highlighted the positive changes made by India in health indicators like life expectancy, infant mortality (IMR), and maternal mortality (MMR), and said that programs such as the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) and the National TB Elimination Programme (NTP) have played a crucial role in improving India’s health indicators.
Pawar stated that “The New India@75 provided a platform for states to bring students, adolescents and youth together to act in the national interest.”