Times of India
09 February 2011
Rajasthan Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS (RNP+) and Positive Mothers Association have demanded that the government set up the second line anti-retroviral therapy (ART) centre in the state at the earliest for patients entering the second stage of the disease.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Brijesh Dubey, founder president of RNP+, said though the state government has been very considerate in providing relief under various schemes to people having HIV/AIDS, the delay in setting up of a second line ART centre in the state resulted in hardships to the patients.
Sources said the delay is due to the tussle within the medical department over the location of the centre. While a section wants the centre to be in Jodhpur, another group favours Jaipur.
Dubey said a 2nd line ART centre is the need of the hour but precious time is lost in "red tapism". The latest NACO data says the state has 1,879 HIV+ children and most of them got the disease from their parents. Since 2007, 59 children died due to lack of medical facilities in the state.
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