02 February 2011
Goa government today claimed that the number of pregnant women infected with HIV are on decline in the state. As per the report tabled on the floor of the House, in the ongoing State Legislative Assembly Session, it was informed that in all, there were 58 HIV positive mothers, who delivered in 2009 while the number dropped down to 27 in 2010.
State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane in his reply on the floor of the House said that in order to reduce the rate of transmission of HIV from mother–to–child, the programme of Prevention of Parent–to–Child Transmission (PPTCT) was launched at Goa medical college.
He said that PPTCT programme was extended to district hospitals from March 2006. Rane said from April 2003 to December 2010, total 62,245 pregnant women were counseled and tested for HIV and of them 441 were found positive. "Out of these 441, 338 positive mothers delivered," he added.
Three hospitals � Goa medical college and hospital, Asilo hospital and Hospicio hospital, has been counseling around 11,000–odd pregnant women annually. Rane said that state–run Goa State AIDS Control Society has provided for palliative and terminal care for the infants and children with HIV/AIDS. He said Anti–retroviral treatment is provided free of cost.
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