ITANAGAR, DEC 2:
Rock band Reloaded, emerged as the winner of the 7th edition of Multi Media Campaign (MMC) on HIV held at DK Convention Hall here on Sunday evening as part of the World AIDS Day celebration.
In a keenly contested Grand Finale among the five rock bands Holi-Guns, Dormant, Dream Escape, Down Town and Reloaded selected from different zonal level competitions in the state, Reloaded sprang a surprise by winning the title which carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh.
Holi Guns received the second prize and walked away with a cash prize of Rs 50,000.
Attending the programme, as the Chief Guest, Alo Libang, Minister (H&FW), Social Welfare etc, asked the youth to carry home the message of HIV/AIDS awareness. He also asked people to avail the free health care and services provided under the Department of Health and Family Welfare.
The objective of MMC is to educate youth about HIV and other health issues using the platform of music so that the youth remain healthy and sound. He also stressed that more and more youth should participate in such events so that the campaign is able to reach the target group.
Director of Health Services, Dr M Lego, while attending the programme as the special guest said that youth are the backbone of the nation. If youths are healthy, our nation is healthy. Therefore, youths should take care of themselves and avail such awareness programs which are for meant them , he said.
Project Director of APSACS Dr Riken Rina in his keynote address said that the Multimedia Campaign on HIV/AIDS is specifically design under the aegis of the National AIDS Control Society for the youth keeping in mind that sports and music is in the blood of the people of the Northeastern states.
He also informed that the winner of the Grand Finale will become the Goodwill Ambassador of APSACS and will represent the state at the North East Regional level competition to be held at Imphal, Manipur on 18th December next.
All the eight north eastern states would be competing for the NEMMC.
The Health Minister also gave away the best performing APSACS staff with Cash Prizes, Certificate and Mememto on the occasion.
Mudang Rimung, posted at Bomdila District Hospital received the best ICTC Counsellor Award, while Pinda Pulu posted at District Hospital Roing got the best Counsellor STI Clinic. Dani Rinia, posted at Tawang Distrct Hospital received the best Blood Bank, Lab Technician Award while Mini Varghese posted at District Hospital Khonsa got the best ICTC Lab Technician award. This is first of its kind in the state where APSACS instituted awards for the staff working under it to encourage them to work harder.
To commemorate the day, the students of the Department of Social Welfare from Himalayan University presented a skit on HIV during the programme.
IEC Exhibition related to HIV, Tobacco Control, Drug Abuse, TB Control Program etc was also organised to mark the World AIDS Day.
This year MMC is collaborating with other vertical programmes like, Drug Control Society of A.P., SBTC, RNTCP, NTCP, NCD, CMAAY and Mental Health.