‘351 Tested Positive For HIV in 2018-19’


SRINAGAR — Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar Monday reviewed the functioning of J&K State AIDS Control Society during a meeting here.

“With regard to the efforts in progress under NACP-IV for HIV Testing, the Project Director informed that during 2018-19, 86654 individuals were tested for HIV out of which 351 were found HIV positive. Among pregnant women, tests were conducted for 86330 and 13 were found infected with HIV positive,” an official spokesperson said.

  The meeting was attended by Financial Commissioner Health, Atal Dulloo, Project Director JKSACS Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather and other concerned officers.

 A detailed presentation was made by the Project Director JKSACS highlighting the main components of National AIDS Control Programme and the activities that are being carried out by the Society to achieve desired results in successfully implementing this programme in the state.

 It was informed that there are six main components of National AIDS control Programme including Basic Services Division (BSD), Blood Transfusion Services (BTS), Targeted Intervention (TI), Care, Support & Treatment (CST), Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and Information Education & Communication (IEC).

The meeting was further apprised that under the ongoing National AIDS Control Programme – IV (2012-19), focus is being laid on Comprehensive Care Support & Treatment to all persons living with HIV/AIDS. 

A brief discussion was also held on the activities under Blood Transfusion Services (BTS) it was told that presently there are total 35 Blood Banks operational in the State which includes 23 NACO Supported, 4 Private, 4 Army as well as 4 being operated by other health institutions in the state. The Advisor was informed that the department is working on the proposal to establish Blood Banks at Samba, Reasi, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Shopian. 

Role of State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC) was also discussed in the meeting which deals with the activities pertaining to the promotion of voluntary blood donation and monitoring of blood banks in the state. 

During 2018-19, a total of 73572 blood units were collected out of which 62896 were voluntary donation and 223 camps were organized for voluntary blood donation, the meeting was informed. 

The activities under Targeted Intervention (TI), the important component of NACP which focuses on targeting high risk groups were also discussed in detail during the meeting. It was told that JKSACS is putting in sincere efforts for successfully running target Intervention Projects including outreach, commodity distribution, clinical services, targeted IEC and community mobilization.


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