The Gujarat State AIDS Control Society (GSACS) has taken up the task of developing an HIV/AIDS testing facility in eight districts of the state identified as high-risk districts.
Ahmedabad was the first district in Gujarat to start testing and counselling facilities at every Primary Health Centre (PHC) in 2009. GSACS now intends to develop this facility in A and B category districts as well.
Dr Pradeep Kumar, additional project director of the GSACS, said: In 2009, the testing facilities were started in 33 PHCs of the state.
. This year, our target is to develop these facilities in 400 PHCs in the high risk zones like Surat, Mehsana, Surendranagar, Dahod, Rajkot and Bhavnagar.
Dr Kumar said there was no shortage of staff and that they are being trained to support PHCs.
This financial year, the GSACS will also announce the launch of 12 new testing centres, five new treatment centres and 14 anti-retroviral link centres in the state, Dr Kumar added.
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