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Therapy centres in 20 dists by next year

Therapy centres in 20 dists by next year

Aparna Banerji

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 1

In a relief to those affected with HIV in the state, ART (antiretroviral therapy) centres are expected to be across 20 districts by next year. The centres at Kapurthala and Sangrur are scheduled to start by the end of this month while proposals for the remaining centres are being cleared by Punjab State AIDS Control Society.

Guidelines by the Medical Council of India earlier this year had made it compulsory for medical colleges that have been running for more than four years to get ART centres and a facility for the management of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis. This shall facilitate five additional ART centres in the state. While there are over 36,000 patients on ART, 78,000 have tested positive for HIV since the inception of ART in the state.

There are 13 ART centres in Punjab at Amritsar, Bathinda, Ferozepur, Batala (Gurdaspur), Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Moga, Pathankot, Patiala, Ropar, Tarn Taran and Faridkot.

While the PSACS has already identified lands for ART centres at Kapurthala (within the upcoming, medical college) and Sangrur, these centres will also be coming up at the DMC, Ludhiana, CMC, Ludhiana, Shri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Amritsar, PIMS, Jalandhar and AIMSR, Bathinda.

Dr Vinay Mohan, Project Director (Care, Support and Treatment), Punjab State AIDS Control Society, said, “The ones at Sangrur and Kapurthala are expected to start within a month. The site plan of the Kapurthala ART centre is in keeping with the site of the upcoming medical college. Similarly the ART centre at Mohali will come up at the approved medical college site. We have already seen the site and made necessary clearances for Kapurthala, Sangrur and DMC, Ludhiana. The authorities at CMC, Ludhiana and Adesh, Bathinda, have also expressed willingness already. We are yet to hear from PIMS, Jalandhar, though. The centres are expected to begin functioning before March 2020.”

He said, “While Gurdaspur has facilities in its vicinity, patients at Nawanshahr are lesser than those required under NACO guidelines for a centre. However, we are planning to start a satellite centre at Nawanshahr.”

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