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Award presented by CMC Medical College and Hospital, Vellore

Submits research paper to CMC on HIV and AIDS cases in north AndhraMost HIV, AIDS patients in this region founf to suffer from chest diseases

VISAKHAPATNAM: State nodal officer for control of AIDS K. Phanender has received the prestigious fellowship in HIV-medicine from the Vellore-based Christian Medical College and Hospital.

The award of fellowship was presented to him at the CMC Medical College and Hospital in Vellore recently.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Friday, Dr. Phanender, a chest specialist in ESI Hospital at Malkapuram in the city, said that he had pointed out in his research paper submitted to CMC Vellore that the majority of HIV and AIDS patients in north coastal Andhra suffered more from chest diseases, though there were other problems like dysentery.

"This year I counselled and screened 2,706 patients and 85 of them tested HIV-positive. And 30 per cent of these 85 persons had a CD4 (cluster designation cells) count below 200. Such people are prone to various diseases and I detailed the diseases and preventive measures," he said.

He thanked ESI Hospital Superintendent S.V. Pramila for allowing him to utilise the equipment and the HIV care team - P. Ramesh Kumar, M.V. Rama Rao, K.V.S. Lakshmi and pharmacist V.V. Seshukumari - and his guides G. Ravindrababu and B. Deviprasad.