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NGO’s Free AIDS Treatment Plan May Get Green Signal
The Pimpri–Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s standing committee may giving permission to Prayas, a non–governmental organisation (NGO), to conduct free HIV tests and counselling at four civic hospitals. A proposal in this regard will be tabled at the standing committee meeting on Tuesday.

The PCMC had started an anti–retroviral therapy (ART) centre at Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH) with the help of Bajaj Auto Ltd and National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) on public–privatepartnership basis to provide free AIDS tests and guidance. However, there are no such facilities at the hospitals in Akurdi, Indira Gandhi, Sangvi, Khinvsara Patil, Thergaon and Yamunanagar. Prayas has sought permission from the civic body to conduct free analysis, advisory and treatment centre for AIDS patients at these hospitals.

As per the proposal, the anti–natal care centre in these hospitals will assist Prayas. The NGO will provide AIDS analysis kits, booklets and free medicines to AIDS patients. It will also provide free training to the hospital staff. AIDS patients, especially mothers and children, will benefit from the scheme.

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