Some cannot even pay for transportation to get medicine
NALGONDA: President of the ‘Nalgonda Youth Positive Society’, a network of persons infested with HIV, G. Kalyan, has asked the district administration to come to the rescue of patients by providing them employment opportunities.
“Many of the patients are too poor to pay even for transportation charges to get free medicines. Hence the administration must help us by extending livelihood programmes through agencies like District Rural Development Agency (DRDA),” he said at a meeting, christened Promoting Access Campaign, attended by HIV victims here on Wednesday.
Mr. Kalyan, who was instrumental in launching the network on August 15, 2003, said: “We are really depressed about the fact that we carry the dreaded disease. The society should extend its support and the medical services should be improved for us.”
Over 5,600 cases
The District Medical & Health Officer Champa Naik said that 5,648 positive cases had been identified in the district so far. He complimented the members for enrolling their names without any inhibition.
Prasad Rao, District Coordinator of Health Services, Janardhana Reddy, Superintendent, district headquarters hospital, and others spoke.
The inmates of the Charumati Child Care centre, established by environmentalist Nagasena Reddy to accommodate HIV positive children, also took part in the meeting.