Mumbai: _Mumbai: _Mumbai: _On the occasion of World AIDS Day 2014, Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital, the leading multi-specialty hospital in Powai organized an Inter School Debate Competition on the theme ‘Getting to Zero : Should HIV Testing be made compulsory’. Cathedral & John Connon School, Fort emerged as the winner of the competition with Jamnabai Narsee School, Vile Parle as the other finalists.
Eight schools across Mumbai participated in preliminary round, out of which 2 Schools (Cathedral & John Connon School Fort & Jamnabai Narsee School Vile Parle) came up for the final round. The participating schools in the competition included Cathedral & John Connon School Fort, Prime Academy Andheri, Pawar Public School Bhandup, Pawar Public School Chandivali, Hiranandani Foundation School Powai, Jamnabai Narsee School Vile Parle, Bombay Scottish School, DAV Public School Airoli.
This year’s theme ‘Getting to Zero : Should HIV Testing be made compulsory’ was designed to get the students talk about HIV, the importance of raising awareness of HIV and protecting the unborn from a preventable disease. Dr. L H Hiranandani Hospital hosts this event every year. By organizing such debates the hospital gives an opportunity to students to broaden their views and create awareness on AIDS. Master Arjun Mirani from Cathedral & John Connon School Fort was awarded as a Best speaker of the debate competition. Dr. B Ravi (Institute Chair Professor, I.I.T Bombay), Ms. Suchita Malakar (Principal, Podar International School Powai) and Ms. Mamata Asthana ( Director Youth Resources, Rotary Club Of Mumbai Lakers) were the judges of the competition. Dr Sujit Chatterjee (Chief Executive), Dr Arun Shetty ( Medical Director) and Dr VMP Thomas (AVP - Operations & Projects) were also present during the event. Dr Vijay Shetty (Full Time Orthopedic Surgeon) was anchor for the programme.
Speaking on the initiative, Dr Sujit Chatterjee, CEO, Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital said, "We at Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital are extremely proud to bring this event every year. We are delighted to welcome the students to the competition and hope their experience was enjoyable and worthwhile. On behalf of the hospital, I would like to congratulate the winners and all the other participants. We take this initiative with the intention of raising awareness levels among children and changing attitudes towards persons living with the disease, by fighting stigma and discrimination while promoting healthy lifestyles”
AIDS is spreading widely all over the world rapidly due to which spreading AIDS awareness through correct understanding is very necessary. There is increasing consensus around the world about the need of AIDS education for school students (adolescents) because they have more chances to get infected by HIV virus. Reports show that half of the infected victims are in the most productive age group of 15-24. Thus, Dr. L.H. Hiranandani Hospital is taking a step towards it and proposes AIDS awareness amongst the “ Generation Next” in a meaningful and lasting approach and has been in the forefront to educate children about this dreaded diseases.