Thursday, January 30, 2020

Remarkable reduction in the number of AIDS patients in Islands ; Awareness is prevention: Dr. M. Joy

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Jan 29: The Andaman & Nicobar AIDS Control Society in coordination with various departments and education institutions in the A&N Islands have achieved a decrease in number of AIDS cases in A&N Islands. Last year i.e. in 2018-19, 28 patients and during this financial year 2019-20, 19 cases so far were reported, which is a remarkable decrease in number of cases in the A&N Islands.
During an interaction with Dr. M. Joy, Project Director, ANACS and Director, A&N State Blood Transfusion Council, have revealed about the current status of HIV/ AIDS in the A&N Islands.
Dr. M. Joy said that, "the world medical science did not find any antidote for complete cure of the HIV/ AIDS till now, but made advancement in medicines which can give more life to patients, currently. Accordingly, when the virus "Human Immunodeficiency Viruses (HIV)" was first detected in persons, their life expectation was 5 years, then. But, now the patients can live upto 30 years, if medicines are taken strictly as per advice of the doctors/ counselors without fail".
"In our experience, we have observed that, the affected persons are seen neglecting to take medicines as they don't face any a difficulty during medicinal course, but consequently the virus will weak the immune system of the body and silently claps the health internally. Hence, the patients should strictly follow the advice of counselors", Dr. M. Joy added.
Dr. M. Joy further said that, "we are having about 13 counselors in A&N Islands and continuously conducting awareness camps under Adolescent Education Programme in schools, and from the past 3 years in coordination with Red Ribbon Club (RRC) we are also made a platform in all the colleges to discuss freely to create more awareness among generations. Since, there is no other alternative solution is available to prevent the disease i.e. 'AIDS'. And as per our survey, the age groups between 25 to 45 years are affected mostly. The HIV virus can only be spread through blood and body flood related transmission. The ANACS have also arranged camps for free distribution of condoms at various sites. Awareness is the only solution to prevent or control HIV/ AIDS".
However, beside the efforts of ANACS, the citizens opine that, about 80% of adolescents / youngsters are attracted towards drugs (alcohol, ganja and other substitutes), sexual abuse and profanity, etc. Hence, in our education system there should be append a moral class in all schools in India as well as A&N Islands for students of primary to secondary level to mold their mind in the right direction for a better scope of our future generation.

State level workshop on ParikshaParv 2.0 by UTCPC held

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Jan 29: The Andaman and Nicobar State UT Committee for Protection of Child Right in association with the National Commission held a State level workshop on Jan 24, 2020. Smt. Rubina Siddique was the chief on the occasion, while Mr. Tarang Kumar Dhali, Chairman of the State Committee graced the occasion as the guest of honor. Dr. Nitlesh, Psychiatrist, Dr. Kavita Sanmugam, Psychiatrist and Swami Shudhananda Saraswati of Chinmaya Mission were present on the occasion, and spoke in detail about the mentality of students before exams and how to control their stress.
In the workshop, speakers highlighted about how the teachers' role is important to mould the children after their parents. The coordination between parents and teachers will make our children tomorrow's good citizens.
The seminar was organized for Principals and teachers of various schools across the island. Speakers on the occasion spoke about the need to motivate students to pursue studies as also sports, but not to get depressed in case of failure. "An environmentally friendly atmosphere needs to be developed for students to enable them learn and grow as responsible citizens of this country. Stress-free atmosphere should be made available for students in our schools," they said. 

School Leadership Development Prog. (SLDP) for Principal/ Vice Principal/ Head Master (S)

Port Blair, Jan 29: In order to build leadership capacity for transformation of schools into effective centres of delivering quality education, a capacity building programme for Principal / Vice Principal / Head Master (S) under School Leadership Development Programme (SLDP) is being conducted by the Department of Education under Samagra Shiksha in the conference hall of State Library through the Resource persons of Tamil Nadu State Council for Educational Research and Training (TNSCERT).
The training programme was inaugurated by Smt. Kriti Garg, Secretary (Edn) today, in which altogether 50 heads of Secondary/Sr. Secondary level schools across the Islands are participating. Shri Kamlesh Kumar, Director (Edn), Deputy Director Education, State Project Officer and Principal SIE were present on the occasion.
Addressing the function, the Secretary emphasized the importance of capacity building for efficient management and administration of schools. She stated that learning is a continuing process and the processes of change make it necessary for every head of institution to acquire new skills and update oneself knowledge as per the need of hour. She conveyed her heartfelt thanks to the key resource persons, Dr. Shameem, Deputy Director TNSCERT Chennai, Dr. Selvam, Principal DIET, Salem and Dr. Srinivasan, Principal DIET, Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu for coming to the Islands and imparting valuable training programme to the Heads of Institutions of these Islands.
Speaking on the occasion, the Director of Education requested the participants to utilize the programme and equip themselves with efficient methods of school management, leadership quality and innovative teaching techniques. He also urged them to undergo exhaustive training sessions on CCS rules, powers and functions of DDO and Samagra Shiksha for improving their efficiency and work output.

LG, others pay tributes to Netaji on his birth anniversary

Port Blair, Jan 29: Rich tributes were paid to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary on Jan 23. The Lt. Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency, Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) led the Islanders in paying tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, by offering flower petals at his statue at Marina Park here this morning. The Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Chetan B. Sanghi, Adhyaksh ZPSA, Shri Subir Chander, Chairperson PBMC, Shri NK Udhaya Kumar, DGP, Shri Dependra Pathak other senior officers of the Administration, eminent citizens and general public also paid floral tributes to Netaji on the occasion.