Staff Reporter

Country Director of WHO undertakes study tour in Karur

KARUR: The Country Director of World Health Organisation (WHO) Polin Chan undertook a study tour of the facilities available for HIV-infected in Karur district on Tuesday.

Appreciation

She appreciated the counselling and care being extended to the positives besides visiting the anti-retroviral therapy centre at the Karur Government Hospital.

The WHO official saw first hand the implementation of the IMAI pilot project by non-governmental organisation Solidarity and Action Against the HIV Infection in India (SAATHII) with the support of Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) and the WHO in the district. A total of 74 doctors and 243 paramedical staff have been trained in the past 6 months under the five-day IMAI module.

Dr. Chan visited K. Paramathy Primary Health Centre and interacted with Medical Officer Dr. Rohini and staff nurses, counsellors and lab technicians on diagnosing people for HIV and referring for Voluntary Counselling and Treatment Centres.

Dr. Chan was also interested in knowing the sequence of care being implemented in the centre by the health care provider of the particular institution and not just the Medical Officer.

Challenges

She also spoke of the challenges the staff had to face and the service motto that they should always uphold.

Dr. Chan then visited the Anti Retroviral Therapy Centre at the Government Hospital here. Joint Director of Health Services Govindasamy and ART Medical Officer Dr. Manivanan explained the patient flow and aspects such as registration, counselling and follow-up activities required for the patients. Dr Manivanan explained to her the centre’s progress.

Zero dropout rate

They discussed the future development of the centre. She observed that the centre enjoyed the rare distinction of maintaining zero per cent dropout of patients.

The WHO official then held an interaction with IMAI-trained doctors, nurses and counsellors to assess the impact of SAATHII–IMAI training.

She sought to understand the type of support they required in future for treating people living with HIV, their ability to treat people with TB, HIV as also ANC mothers and children infected with HIV.

Dr. Balathandan, Consultant, TANSACS, and Dr. L. Ramakrishnan, Country Director, SAATHII, accompanied the WHO official during her visit.

Dr. Chan then met Collector T. N. Venkatesh and lauded his support for the successful implementation of IMAI module as a pilot project in Karur district.

She handed over a copy of HIV stage poster to Mr. Venkatesh.

The WHO official also met expert patient trainers who were the part of the IMAI training and evinced interest in knowing how the IMAI rollout had influenced the personal life (health seeking behavior) and the health system of the district.

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