HIV, AIDS patients in Delhi to get free treatment
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 05, 2011, 21:58
New Delhi: In an unique initiative, Delhi Government on Thursday decided to extend monthly financial assistance and free medical treatment to HIV and AIDS patients in the city.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, chairing a State AIDS Council meeting, directed Health department to come out with a comprehensive plan to provide financial assistance to the HIV and AIDS affected patients in the city.

The meeting also decided to provide nutritional support to the patients, besides offering them free treatment, including diagnostic tests like CT scan, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), ultra-sound test, at government-run hospitals across the metropolis.

Officials said a total of 30,738 HIV affected people have registered at nine Anti Retro Therapy (ART) centres in Delhi, which is considered as a low HIV prevalence city.

Delhi is currently implementing the third phase of the National AIDS Control Programme with an aim to reduce the number of infected people by 40 per cent in the next five years.

According to officials, HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Delhi is is 0.21% per cent of the total population.


First Published: Thursday, May 05, 2011, 21:58

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