According to official sources, National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) regularly provides opportunities for advanced training at national and international levels to medical and technical staff of the Centre.
They said services being provided in the centre included free of cost voluntary HIV counseling and testing, specialized medical consultation, laboratory and radiological diagnostics, anti-AIDS medicines, antibiotics, and psychosocial support.
They said the research data generated from the Centre is regularly published in journals of repute and presented at international level while NACP has made special efforts to develop country specific guidelines and protocols for the clinical of HIV/AIDS patients.
The sources said NACP has developed a strong linkage with The Clinton Foundation for collaboration in the field of treatment and care for the HIV/AIDS patients.
In this regard, the Foundation has provided free of cost state-of-the-art MIS system and hardware for the NACP treatment centres all over the country including the PIMS Centre.
They added with the operationalization of this MIS system, the quality of services provided to the patients will improve manyfold, streamline the functioning of the operations and also provide a boost to the research activities
National Programme Manager, NACP, Dr Hasan Abbas Zaheer, said over the years, the PIMS HIV Centre has evolved as a model HIV treatment centre in the country, providing high quality out-door and in-door treatment, care and support.
He said the Centre caters to HIV/AIDS patients from Islamabad, Azad Kashmir, NWFP, FATA and Punjab. Some patients from Middle East and Afghanistan are also registered with the centre.
He said the centre has referral linkages with the Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission Centre in the MCH Centre in PIMS for pregnant HIV positive women.
Free treatment is also being provided to HIV positive women and newborns while for paediatric AIDS management, trained paediatricians at the Children Hospital, PIMS are also available, he added. app