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Indian Village asks AIDS Community Care Center to Move Out

New Delhi: A village administration in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh, south–central India, has passed a resolution asking a community care center for people living with HIV or AIDS to be shifted out of the village, said a source quoting a local villager on Monday.

The villagers want the center to be shifted out because they fear they will get those diseases, said the source.

The center has 10 beds and is funded by National AIDS Control Organization (NACO). It is now run by a corporate hospital after moving in the village in June.

The authorities say though the resolution is passed by a democratic body, it has no legal validity and must be annulled.

Villagers have written a letter to the local administration, saying: “Let them locate the center one kilometer away from the village or shift it back into the main hospital premises.”

Some expressed concern that medical waste was not being disposed off properly and we fear that mosquitoes could transmit the disease.

Others say that they are worried about opportunistic infections like tuberculosis in the patients moving around in the village.

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