New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday expressed concern that government is not making available the second line of ART (Antiretro viral therapy) treatment to all HIV positive patients and was excluding those who opted private hospitals for the first round of treatment."We cannot say that the patient cannot go to private hospitals," a Bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia said when Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium said private hospitals were not properly following the protocol for ART.He said when the patient acquires resistance to the drug due to unmonitored dosages, they turn to government-run centres for second line of treatement which is very costly.
It also took on record the assurance of the Solicitor General that the ART reporting format will be posted on the website of NACO within two days. "The private hospitals would submit the data to NACO within two weeks after the format is put on the website", the Bench said and posted the matter for hearing after four weeks.It also issued a notice to Medical Council of India relating to private doctors involved in ART treatment. PTI
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