LAHORE: The Government College University Dramatics Club (GCUDC) staged two plays on Wednesday “Chaar Saz” and “Umeed ka Chiragh” at a seminar aimed at raising awareness about AIDS prevention and breaking taboos and myths associated with the disease.
The play “Chaar Saz” shows how our society banishes someone, especially the woman diagnosed with AIDS, rather than helping and being there for her. The drama “Umeed ka Chiragh”, meanwhile, shows how a person with AIDS, no matter how infected, can be treated and helped lead a normal life. Punjab’s Minister of Higher Education Raja Yasir Humayun chaired the seminar organized in collaboration with the Punjab’s Department of Primary and Secondary Health Care.
Raja Yasir Humayun appreciated the powerful dramatic performance of the GCU Dramatics Society, saying that when it comes to reducing the stigma of AIDS and explaining how the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is transmitted, the drama in direct is more effective than other mass media. The minister said that education plays a vital role in reducing this stigma and therefore all educational institutions should organize such seminars not only on AIDS but also on other diseases like breast cancer, COVID-19 and hepatitis. He also announced a cash prize for the cast of the drama “Umeed Ka Chiragh”.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof. Asghar Zaidi said it was very unfortunate that it was still considered taboo for young people, especially girls, to talk about their health.
problems. He said GCU is the first university to have launched an active “drug-free campaign” to educate its students, staff and faculty. Awareness flyers and brochures were also distributed to students and a camp was set up at GCU for free HIV / AIDS testing of students and faculty members. The Vice Chancellor also got tested for HIV / AIDS at the free camp.