GILGIT (PR): The Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) Gilgit-Baltistan branch on Tuesday marked the World HIV/AIDS Day under the theme "Getting to Zero" by organizing a dissemination seminar in the regional capital.
The seminar was attended by health experts, social activists and a large number of PRC GB staff and volunteers.
Speaking at the occasion, PRC Provincial Secretary Noor-ul-Ain said that millions of people across the globe have been affected by HIV/AIDS virus and this has become a challenging phenomenon to overcome at various levels. She said that the number of HIV/AIDS positive patients is increasing even in Pakistan hence for the Pakistan Red Crescent focuses on raising awareness among multi-stakeholders about the HIV/AIDS prevention.
"Gilgit-Baltistan can be a victim of HIV/AIDS after launching of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project as the virus has badly affected the people of China's Xinjiang province" said Gilgit-Baltistan Aids Control Program Coordinator Dr. Abdul Latif.
He said that the government of GB is taking initiatives for strengthening of the HIV/AIDS department and initially established a regional blood transfusion center in Gilgit.
The seminar was also addressed by Northern Areas Aid Control Consortium (NAACC) President Professor Ejaz Ahmed Khan, PRC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Muhammad Younas and PRC HIV/AIDS Coordinator Ali Sher Khan.