Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The government has approved seven centres of excellence across the country for treating children affected with HIV/AIDS.

These centres are in tertiary level referral hospitals for diagnosis, treatment and continuing care of HIV/AIDS-affected children and to manage complicated cases, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss told the Lok Sabha in a written reply on Wednesday.

The centres of excellence are Regional Institute of Child Health (Chennai), Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and Sion Hospital (Mumbai), Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital (Imphal), Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health (Bangalore), Kolkata Medical College (Kolkata), Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital (Delhi) and Gandhi Hospital (Hyderabad).

Technical support

Dr. Ramadoss said these centres would provide technical support for developing the capacity of medical officers and other personnel in paediatric HIV clinical management and early diagnosis of HIV infection in children, management of complicated opportunistic infections in HIV-infected children and operational research on related issues.