Times of India
03 June 2010
By Prasad Kulkarni
The lack of an Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) centre is making it difficult for the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Cantonment general hospital to treat HIV+ patients. The 100–bed hospital is run by the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) and is one of the oldest hospitals in the city.
Sources said, "The hospital is mainly supposed to cater to residents of the PCB areas. There are instances where HIV+ patients are not being able to get treatment here due to the lack of an ART centre."
When contacted, a senior hospital staff said, "Yes, it is true that we do not have an ART facility here. We are therefore forced to refer HIV+ patients to the other hospitals. Only consultation and testing takes place here."
The resident medical officer said necessary steps will be taken to deal with the problem. "We will look into the matter and take it up with the
PCB. A proposal will be submitted so that the ART facility is started here at the earliest. The rest is up to
the board to decide."
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