Bhubaneswar: Dhamra Port Company Ltd (DPCL) organised an awareness campaign for truck drivers, daily labourers, ice factory workers and fishermen community members of Dhamra and nearby areas, on the occasion of World AIDS Day observance on Thursday.

DPCL also collaborated with the Bhadrak district administration in a programme at Bhadrak, wherein blankets and protein food items were distributed among 70-odd HIV/ AIDS infected persons. Leaflets and information materials on HIV/ AIDS were also distributed by the company among various vulnerable groups within the district. Among others Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Bhadrak, Mr Debendra Mohapatra was present on the occasion.

In addition to that a motorcycle rally started in the morning from DPCL Health Centre near the Dhamra Port site office and went around the periphery villages, market places, labour colonies and various construction sites to spread awareness about the infection. The campaign also comprised of medial and para-medical staff of DPCL.

The DPCL volunteers interacted with truckers regularly coming to Dhamra port area, carrying construction materials, as well as those plying on Jamujhadi-Dhamra roads. Besides, the workers in several ice factories functioning in and around Dhamra area, around 5000-odd fishermen presently engaged in dry fish farming in Chandinipal, Kaninali and  Dhamra areas were also counselled and educated about HIV / AIDS.