Soon, you can visit Mumbai’s One Ru­pee Clin­ics to get tested for HIV

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI / STATE - SWAPNIL MISHRA

Tak­ing a note of its fail­ures on the health front in the past, the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) has come up with a new ser­vice for Mum­baikars. The cit­i­zens will soon be able to take Hu­man Im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency Virus (HIV) tests at the One Ru­pee Clin­ics at Mumbai’s rail­way sta­tions.

“Train­ing will be given to the doc­tors at the clinic and they will also be taught how to use the rapid HIV kits,” said of­fi­cial.

The ini­tia­tive has been taken by the Mumbai Dis­trict Aids Con­trol So­ci­ety (MDACS) in as­so­ci­a­tion with One Ru­pee Clinic, which will soon pro­vide test­ing of HIV. The test which in­volves a small prick on the fin­ger and draw­ing blood will see the cit­i­zens get­ting re­sults in 15 min­utes.

The of­fi­cial said usu­ally peo­ple do not get time to visit the clinic as they are open dur­ing of­fice hours from 9 am to 4 pm, due to which they can­not test their blood to de­tect HIV. The motto of start­ing the HIV test at the One Ru­pee Clinic is that it is open 24x7 due to which peo­ple can go any­time to th­ese clin­ics and get their tests done,” added of­fi­cial.

He added that the ad­van­tage of get­ting a test done at one of the clin­ics lo­cated at the sta­tions is that peo­ple will get to know whether they are HIV pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive im­me­di­ately and can start with their treat­ment in­stan­ta­neously.

Dr Rahul Ghule, CEO of One Ru­pee Clinic, said, “Through this ini­tia­tive, we are play­ing a mid­way role be­tween gov­ern­ment and pri­vate hospi­tals to avail the af­ford­able health.”

The rapid HIV kits will be pro­vided by the MDACS to all the one ru­pee clinic si­t­u­ated at city’s var­i­ous sta­tion. “It is the self-kit test where one in­volves tak­ing a prick of blood from a fin­ger and will pro­vide re­sults in 15 min­utes,” added a se­nior of­fi­cial.

The of­fi­cial fur­ther stated that the pri­vacy of the peo­ple will be main­tained and will re­ceive their re­sults via text or over the phone by one of the trained clin­i­cians.

With an aim to make cost-ef­fec­tive med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties, re­cently ‘One Ru­pee Clinic’ de­cided to get the med­i­cal tests avail­able at doorsteps for se­nior cit­i­zens across the city where free home med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties for MRI, CT scan, USG book­ing are pro­vided for the se­nior cit­i­zens.

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