LAHORE Like other parts of the globe, World AIDS Day was observed across the country including the City on Thursday to raise public awareness about the HIV and precautionary measures to save from the menace. World Aids Day is observed globally on December 1 every year under different themes. The theme of World AIDS Day 2011 was Getting to Zero: zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. The day honor those who died of AIDS and those who live with HIV or AIDS. AIDS is a condition resulting from damages done to the human immune system by HIV. It affects tens of millions of people around the world. Seminars, workshops and walks were organized both at the government and private level to raise awareness among the masses about the disease, precautionary measures and necessary treatment and care of affected people. In Lahore, Punjab AIDS Control Programme organized an awareness seminar at a local hotel with the collaboration of UNICEF, UNFP and UNAID to mark the event. Addressing the participants, Parliamentary Secretary Health Punjab Dr Saeed Elahi stressed upon the health experts, NGOs and other concerned institutions to prepare revised awareness creating literature / messages regarding prevention of AIDS with the assistance of religious scholars, intellectuals, columnists and opinion makers according to own national traditions, social norms and religious teachings. He said that social norms and religion did not permit safe sex or other immoral activities, therefore, government, private sector and NGOs should work together for providing alternate source of income to such elements indulged in sex business. Parliamentary Secretary Dr. Saeed Elahi said that Punjab government, after refusing foreign aid has provided huge funds from own resources. He claimed that Rs198m have been allocated for AIDS Control Programme in the current fiscal year.