Mangaluru, Dec 1,2016: DHO Dr Ramakrishna Rao said on Nov 30, Wednesday that out of 22,719 pregnant women tested for HIV during the year till October, only 14 have been tested positive. Out of 36,727 other persons tested, 523 tested positive. He attributed the reason for the fall in cases to awareness campaigns, periodic counselling and other measures. The HIV/AIDS cases have been declining in the district since 2007. A number of NGOs have been roped in to spread awareness on prevention of HIV infection. They have been educating HIV-positive patients on precautions to be taken.
Statistics on the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the district reveal that 1327 people tested positive in 2007, 1169 in 2008, 1064 (2009), 967 (2010), 877 (2011), 867 (2012), 686 (2013), 674 (2014) and 607 (2015). Out of 523 who tested positive, 152 are in Mangaluru taluk, 47 in Bantwal, 43 in Belthangady, 26 in Puttur, 9 in Sullia taluks and 246 persons are from outside the district. A total of 3,348 HIV infected people are undergoing Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in the district - of them, 1,709 are men, 1335 women and 304 are children below 15 years. The district has 9,052 HIV-infected persons.
He said, to create awareness among youth, Red Ribbon clubs have been started in 32 PU and 32 first grade colleges. Adolescence Education Programme (AEP) will be conducted in 100 high schools. The World Aids Day will be observed at Ravindra Kalabhavana at University College in Mangaluru at 10.30 am on December 1. A rally will be held from Shanthi Nilaya to the venue.
Laparoscopy camps : The DHO said that the Zilla Panchayat and Department of Health and Family Welfare will organise laparoscopy camps at the Belthangady taluk hospital on December 7 and 8. The Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Programme will distribute plates, sarees, protein powder and fruits to the beneficiary women.
The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Women and Child Development Department, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, District Early Intervention Centre, Indian Red Cross, IMA, Chethana Institute and Lions Club will organise a special medical camp for differently abled persons at CHC, Moodbidri (December 4), PHC, Natekal (December 7), Belthangady taluk hospital (December 11), PHC, Venoor (January 15), Lions Club, Puttur (December 18), Lions Seva Mandira, B C Road (December 23), Sullia taluk hospital (January 8) and District Wenlock Hospital (January 22).
The camp will also identify beneficiaries for the distribution of various aids from the government. As per 2011 census, there are 28,095 persons with disabilities in the district, of whom 25,304 have been handed ID cards. The camp will also distribute ID cards to and arrange for blood grouping of senior citizens.