Number of pregnant women infected with HIV on a decline in Goa

Panaji, Feb 2 (PTI) Goa government today claimed that thenumber of pregnant women infected with HIV are on decline inthe state.

As per the report tabled on the floor of the House, inthe ongoing State Legislative Assembly Session, it wasinformed that in all, there were 58 HIV positive mothers, whodelivered in 2009 while the number dropped down to 27 in 2010.

State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane in his reply on thefloor of the House said that in order to reduce the rate oftransmission of HIV from mother-to-child, the programme ofPrevention of Parent-to-Child Transmission (PPTCT) waslaunched at Goa medical college.

He said that PPTCT programme was extended to districthospitals from March 2006.

Rane said from April 2003 to December 2010, total 62,245pregnant women were counseled and tested for HIV and of them441 were found positive.

"Out of these 441, 338 positive mothers delivered," headded.

Three hospitals � Goa medical college and hospital, Asilohospital and Hospicio hospital, has been counseling around11,000-odd pregnant women annually.

Rane said that state-run Goa State AIDS Control Societyhas provided for palliative and terminal care for the infantsand children with HIV/AIDS.

He said Anti-retroviral treatment is provided free ofcost.

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