No re­ply on de­mand for AIDS treat­ment cen­tre

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­

A year af­ter the health depart­ment of the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) wrote a let­ter to the Ma­ha­rash­tra State Aids Con­trol So­ci­ety (MSACS) to grant them ap­proval to start an­other An­tiretro­vi­ral ther­apy (ART) cen­tre at the civic hospi­tal at Nerul, they are yet to get a re­ply.

Of­fi­cials said that they will now be send­ing an­other re­minder let­ter to MSACS to grant them the per­mis­sion for the new cen­tre to re­duce the pres­sure on the ex­ist­ing cen­tre at Sec­tor 10 Vashi and im­prove the qual­ity of treat­ment.

“Ac­cord­ing to the norms, the health depart­ment is el­i­gi­ble to get an­other ART cen­tre. We had re­quested for the sec­ond cen­tre to ease the load of pa­tients at our cur­rent hospi­tal and pro­vide the treat­ment for the pa­tients in a bet­ter way,” said Dr Deepak Parop­kari, MOH in charge of NMMC.

From 2009 to 2015, a to­tal of 8,289 pa­tients are reg­is­tered with the cen­tre at the civic hospi­tal in Vashi. Of this, around 5,753 pa­tients were un­der­go­ing treat­ment at the ART cen­tre.

Cur­rently, there are 4,196 pa­tients who are cur­rently tak­ing the first line treat­ment for HIV/AIDS at the cen­tre.

“If we get the ap­proval for start­ing a sec­ond ART cen­tre, then at a later stage there can also be an op­tion to start a se­condly line of treat­ment in Navi Mum­bai for which pa­tients are re­ferred to JJ hospi­tal or KEM hospi­tal cur­rently,” said Dr Vas­ant Mane, in charge of the HIV/AIDS depart­ment.

HIV/AIDS re­mains a ma­jor global is­sue, hav­ing claimed more than 36 mil­lion lives so far since the dis­cov­ery of the virus more than 20 years ago.

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