ICCI organizes seminar to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS
Islamabad, Dec 02 (Online): To mark the World AIDS Day, the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) in collaboration with Islamabad Founder Lions Club organized a seminar to raise awareness about AIDS. SardarYasirIlyas Khan President, Abdul Rehman Khan Vice President ICCI, Ch. Haroon Naseer CEO Maroof Hospital, Sheikh Amir Waheed President, Faheem Khan Vice President, Muhammad Naveed Malik Secretary General of Islamabad Founder Loins Club, Dr. Afshan Malik, Dr. Waheed, Dr. Usama, Dr. Mehwish, Baser Daud, Safina Shah, AshfaqChatha, Nausheen Arshad, Sheikh Jamshed and a large number of business community attended the seminar.
Addressing the seminar, SardarYasirIlyas Khan, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry said that the World AIDS Day reminded us to unite in the fight against HIV and to show solidarity with people living with HIV. He said that in our society people infected with HIV were facing stigma and discrimination, which was preventing them from living a full and happy life and stressed for educating people to change such negative mindsets. He said that the unsafe blood transfusions and the use of unsterilized medical and dental equipment were the main causes of the spread of HIV/AIDS in Pakistan and the government should take strong measures to ban such unhealthy practices. He stressed on enhancing the capacity of healthcare workers, adherence to injection safety standard operating procedures and the ways to implement safe blood transfusions. He thanked the office bearers of Islamabad Founder Lions Club for joining hands with ICCI for organizing seminars on an important topic that would be beneficial for the participants.