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849 HIV positive cases detected over three years

Staff Correspondent

Raichur district civil hospital conducted the tests


  • Of the 849 cases, 548 are men and 299 are women
  • Proposal to open an Anti Retrieval Therapy Centre at the hospital finalised
  • Government has approved the project to upgrade the bed capacity to 400
  • Fee forwarded to Medical Council of India to conduct fresh survey at the proposed government medical college
  • Deadline for notification inviting applications from doctors extended

    RAICHUR: The district civil hospital has identified as many as 849 HIV positive cases over the past three years of the 3,140 suspected cases at its voluntary counselling testing centre.

    Disclosing this at a press conference here on Tuesday, P. Susheela, District Surgeon and Superintendent of the district hospital, said that the hospital conducted the test on a voluntary basis between August 2002 and July 2005.

    Twenty seven per cent of the 3,140 cases, 849 were proved positive. Among them, 548 are men and 299 are women.

    Of the 3,140 cases, 660 were heterosexuals, one homosexual and 143 cases are unspecified. In the remaining 46 cases, the disease was transmitted from the mother to the child and two during blood transfusion, she said.

    She said that among the identified HIV positive cases, 260 are from Raichur taluk, 170 from Manvi taluk, 99 from Sindhanur taluk, 115 from Deodurga taluk and 93 from Lingsugur taluk. The remaining 112 cases are from neighbouring taluks in Andhra Pradesh.

    The hospital has treated all the identified patients with the medicines available and educated them to adopt some methods to prevent the spread of the disease.

    Dr. Susheela said the hospital also tested 3,656 pregnant women over the past three years. Of them, 48 women were found to be HIV positive. Of these, 24 women were admitted to the hospital for delivery and only two children were found to be HIV negative.

    These mothers have been advised to adopt preventive measures to avoid spread of infection to their children, she said.

    She said a proposal has been finalised to open an Anti Retrieval Therapy Centre at the hospital for providing treatment to the HIV positive patients.

    The centre will start functioning from next month, she added.

    On the proposal of upgradation of the hospital, Dr. Susheela said that the Government has approved a proposal to upgrade the hospital to 400 beds.

    It presently has a bed capacity of 250 with 90 per cent occupancy.

    A separate block with 150-bed facility has been proposed to be constructed with financial aid from Germany.

    The hospital has also submitted a separate proposal to the Government suggesting to take up the landscaping around the hospital and provision of other facilities, including an underground drainage system, she said.

    On the establishment of a government medical college, she said that the Government has recently forwarded a fee to the Medical Council of India to conduct a fresh survey of the ongoing work on an administrative building of the proposed college.

    The Government has sanctioned Rs. 20 crore for the medical college and the excavation work at the site is in progress, she said.

    Dr. Susheela said the Government has authorised the Deputy Commissioner to go ahead with the appointment of necessary teaching staff for the medical college.

    In this regard, recently a notification was made inviting applications from qualified doctors. The college requires 48 staff and already 12 doctors have applied for the posts.

    The validity of the notification has been extended till the end of this month, she added.

    Syed Mahamood, Resident Medical Officer, and A.H. Sanad, secretary of the hospital, were present.

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