D. Radhakrishnan

Udhagamandalam: The hill town will get its own Anti-Retro Viral Therapy centre, which will disburse life-saving medication to people living with HIV/AIDS, said Supriya Sahu, Project Director, Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS). Speaking to The Hindu here on Tuesday, she said a sum of Rs.18.5 lakh had been sanctioned for the centre. To be located in the hospital complex, the centre with a doctor, pharmacist, counsellor and data entry assistant will provide assistance.

The ART Centre will make it possible for people with infection in the district to get their medicines without travelling to the nearby districts.

She added that there was also a proposal to set up a short stay home for the HIV-infected. In association with non-governmental organisations, preventive measures are being implemented in tribal areas, which are vulnerable to HIV-TB co-infection.

Pointing out that the number of HIV positive cases detected in the Nilgiris till September 2008 was 600, including 238 women and 17 children, she said thanks to enhanced awareness of the treatment facilities and efforts being made by the government to help those affected, people are, of late, coming forward to seek assistance. Earlier Ms.Sahu presided over a district-level advisory committee meeting. Nilgiris Collector Anandrao V.Patil participated.