CII to set up an ART centre at Koraput

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Bhubaneswar,Nov 16 (UNI) The Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) will set up an Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART) centre for the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients in Koraput soon. CII health Adivisor Dr Ramanik Ahuja announced this at the state level Corporate Sector consultation on mainstreaming HIV/AIDS in Bhubaneswar organised by the Orissa State AIDS Control Society(OSAC) here today. This was the second ART centre after MKCG Medical College and Hospital Berhampur in the state.Dr Ahuja told newsmen here that two ART centres set by CII had already been operationalised in the country and a plan was on to set up ten more centres in different parts of the country during the next three years.She said a plan was also on to introduce the HIV detection programme in the corporate bodies at the induction stage.OSAC Project Director Parameswar swain said corporate sectors were roped in as the impact of the diease was high in industries with higher dependence on the informal sector and the health department and AIDS control society alone could not fight against the diease alone.Mr Swain said that three departments-Industries, Steel& Mines and labour were involved in the programme to mainsteam HIV/AIDS.He said at least seven districts-Ganjam, Angul, Bolangir, Bhadrak, Balasore,Koraput and Khurda needed immediate intervention.Mr Swain so far 93 tresting centres had already been opened and 36 others would be opened soon in high prevelant districts to control the disease.Earlier Health and Family WElfare secretary Chinmay Basu said a multi sectoral approach was needed to control the HIV/AIDS.He also stressed the need for involving more and more industries and corporates in the programme Mr Basu said tribal pople were at a great risk of HIV as mining industry was booming in tribal pockets resulting in influx of external workforce.Unless the industry sector came up with some intitiaves, the problem of HIV would be hard to stop. Development Commissioner R N Bohidar wanted the corporate sector to adopt a senstive approach to people living with HIV/AIDS and urged to provide them with care and support.

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