Orissa sets up model blood bank for HIV/AIDS patients
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 01, 2010, 21:55
Bhubaneswar: The Orissa government o Wednesday established a model blood bank to ensure safe blood transfusion protocols across the state where 11,000 persons with HIV and AIDS were being treated at anti-retroviral treatment (ART) centers.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that his government was sympathetic towards those suffering from AIDS and to ensure greater access for safe blood transfusion, 8 district level Special Blood Transportation Vans, 9 Elisa Readers and 8 blood banks have been provided?

With Orissa having 19,188 persons with HIV, he said "but we certainly need to do a lot more in order to achieve our goal."

He inaugurated a model blood bank at the Capital Hospital here where a mobile blood van was provided at a function to mark World AIDS day.

As many as 53 facility integrated ICTCs, 5 ART centers and 9 link ART centers were made operational from today for greater access to counseling, testing and treatment, the chief minister said?

Steps have also been initiated to converge programmes of HIV and AIDS with National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to provide better access and services to people living in far flung and difficult areas, he said.

Since the disease was linked with stigmas, the state government has provided food and houses to patients beinng treated at ART centres.

Over 12,000 persons living with HIV-AIDS were provided pension under Madhubabu Pension Yojana, Health and Family Welfare minister Prasanna Acharya said.

The state government was also providing free counseling to HIV-AIDS patiemts through 184 Integrated Counseling Centers in the state, he added.


First Published: Wednesday, December 01, 2010, 21:55

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