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Counselling For HIV+ Migrants

Times of India
12 November 2010
By Kapil Dixit
Allahabad, India

7 East Up Districts Sensitive: Naco
Counselling For HIV+ Migrants
National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) has termed seven eastern UP districts, including Allahabad, Varanasi , Gorakhpur, Azamgarh, Deoria and Jaunpur, sensitive as far as migration of HIV\AIDS affected persons is concerned. Officials of Uttar Pradesh AIDS Control Society (UPACS) are carrying out an intensive drive to check the health status of migrants and identify their locations with an aim to offer them counselling and treatment\assistance.

Earlier, teams of NACO officials had carried out surveys in these seven districts between October 20 and 30 to study the migration pattern and HIV prevalence.

In Allahabad, a three–member NACO team headed by M K Tewari (joint director) visited Allahabad district and detected three kinds of migrants responsible for the spread of deadly disease. They included workers at brick kiln centres, stone cutting\mining\silica mining centres and service clusters (who migrate from one state to another to get service).

As far as brick kiln centres are concerned, the NACO team found that at the centres operational at Kaurihar and Soraon blocks of the district, labourers from Bilaspur (Chattisgarh) and Satna and Ambikapur (Madhya Pradesh) migrate towards Allahabad. Similarly, in stone cutting\mining\silica mining centres, NACO officials found that labourers from Reewa, Satna and Bilaspur (Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh) migrate to Shankargarh, Koraon, Manda and Meja blocks of Allahabad and could be a cause for concern when it came to spreading the disease.

Service clusters consist of people from Pratappur, Dhanupur, Bahadurpur and Phulpur of Allahabad district, who migrate towards cities of Maharashtra and Gujarat in search of jobs and later arrive in their home town in HIV\AIDS affected status. Nodal officer, District AIDS Programme Control Unit (DAPCU), Dr O P Sahi told TOI, “Under the directives of NACO and UPACS, the district authorities are busy in locating the infected persons with an aim to offer them free treatment and assistant.’’

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