The Himachal Pradesh Government was taking effective steps to make the State HIV/AIDS free, which was evident from the fall in the percentage of the HIV patients as it reduced to 0.12 per cent as compared to 0.22 per cent on the national level.
The HP Health Minister Mr. Kaul Singh Thakur said this in the State level workshop organised by the State AIDS Control Society and NGO “Mamta” today. Health Minister said the first case of HIV/AIDS was seen at Hamirpur and after that a continuous rise in the number of patients had been noticed. He said that today there were 3127 active patients of HIV/AIDS in Himachal Pradesh.
Considering the continuous rise in the number of HIV patients, the State Government had opened a State AIDS Control Society and involved various NGOs with it in order to spread awareness and added that all efforts were being made to provide proper treatment to the patients.
He said that free treatment was being provided to patients affected with this disease and the diagnosis was available in five centres, where free ART and medicines were being provided including IGMC Shimla. Mr. Thakur said that HIV was non communicable disease and the patients suffering from it should not be treated indifferently. He said that in case any patient faces discrimination, instant action would be taken in this regard.
He said that instructions have been issued to the educational institutions to ensure that equal treatment is being provided to the students suffering with HIV. He said that regular testing of the pregnant women was being done and the State Government was ensuring complete security in all the 15 blood banks.