Koraput: To provide shelter and
medical attention to orphaned HIV positive children, the administration is ready to set up a 50-bed hostel at Koraput district headquarters hospital here.
After the death of the HIV positive parents it
becomes very difficult for a child affected by the virus to
survive, a senior official said.
"In such cases the HIV positive child needs extra
care and proper medical attention which will be provided at
the hostel,” Chief District Medical Officer, Koraput,
Nisikant Kar said.
He said the life span of a HIV affected child is
between 10 and 15 years and if proper medical attention and
diet is provided then there is every possibility of prolonging
the life span of such children.
“Apart from treatment, the children will be provided free food, clothes and education at the hostel,” he said.
Officials said a budget of over Rs 50 lakh has been
estimated for the project and preliminary work has already
begun. The hostel will be operational in the next few months,
According to sources, there are around 1,300 HIV affected persons in the district and the number of children affected by the virus is around 100.
Praising the administration’s effort to take care of
the HIV affected children, social activists said, “The
decision to set up a hostel for the HIV affected children is a
welcome move as presently there is no scheme to rehabilitate
an orphaned HIV affected child in the district".
"However, the children when kept in the hostel may feel
isolated and discriminated from society. So efforts must
be done to ensure that while living in the hostel the
children’s connectivity with their respective communities
remains intact,” Koraput-based social activist Sanjit