Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: Industrial units which have been distancing themselves from the various HIV/AIDS intervention programmes may have to pay a price soon.

Medium and large scale industrial units which have not been linked up so far to any of the HIV/AIDS intervention and awareness programmes might end up losing Government concessions, District Collector Jayesh Ranjan said at a workshop on HIV/AIDS organised by the Population Service International (PSI) here on Tuesday.

The Collector expressed concern over only seven out of the 70-odd major industries tying up with the PSI to raise awareness levels on HIV/AIDS in a district which has still alarming prevalence rate (1.25 per cent, 2007 NACO). He also announced that industries would have 15 days to decide on linking up to various intervention programmes. Efforts would be made to link up all industries, jute mills, chilli processing units, cotton and ginning mills to various intervention programmes and provide an opportunity for scores of daily workers to know more about the HIV/AIDS.

Earlier, District Medical and Health Officer K. Suresh Babu said that a mandal-wise District Situation Analysis carried out in the year 2004 pointed out the vulnerability of daily workers working in various industrial units located on the NH-5 to getting infected with HIV/AIDS.