Dharamsala: A series of health awareness-cum-medical camps were held under the aegis of National Rural Health Mission as part of Police Commemoration Week celebrations here.
GD Bhagava, DIG PTC Daroh (Palampur), said that a camp at Daroh drew wide response from rural people as well as staff and 1,206 people attended this event and gained health awareness-cum-free medicines and tests. In the camp at IRBN 2nd Battalion Sakoh (Dharmshala), about 1,000 people gained health education and free mediciens and tests. These programmes were being organised to remember the sacrifices police made to protect the Indian invasion by China during 1962.
On the occasion, HIV counseling and testing cum testing camps were also held in which 540 people got themselves tested and availed the free and confidential services. Dr RK Sood, DAPO Kangra, said that under the National AIDS Control Programme, in the Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres free and confidential HIV testing services are available. Patients can walk in to the centre without any OPD slip and avail the free facilities. If one tests positive, the person can avail benefit of free ART medicine.
CMO Kangra Dr Anil Mahajan told about various national health programmes. Dr SB Sood elaborated the activites under the National Programme for control of blindness. Dr N Rana told about basic first aids skills needs in rescue. Urmil Kapoor, health educator, held exhibition on various health-related activites in the district. 40 youth donated blood at the Blood Donation Camp held at Daroh on the event. The youths also formed a Red Ribbon formation as pledge of commitment against the deadly disease.