Berhampur, Nov 28 (LocalWire) People Living With HIV (PLHIV) in Ganjam district have demanded houses under state government’s housing scheme Biju Pucca Ghara Yojana (BPGY) and bulk medicines from Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART) centres.
Several HIV patients put forward their demand at a meeting on grievance redressal of PLHIVs, held in the ART center at MKCG Medical College and Hospital here on Tuesday.
The meeting was conducted by District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit (DAPCU), Ganjam.
‘We are considered as one of the most vulnerable sections in the society. The government needs to consider providing houses for us under BPGY,” said an HIV patient from Khallikote area.
Another patient said they do not get adequate medicines from ART centers.
“I work outside the state. For that, it will be convenient if I can collect three months’ medicines at once,” he said.
Doctors present at the meeting, however, denied the allegations.
“We are providing medicines as per CD-4 level of patients,” said an ART center’s senior medical officer MV Rao.
“We provide medicines for one month only so that we can conduct regular check-up patients and revise dosage accordingly,” he said.
Around 5000 HIV patients are taking medicines from the ART centers.
Two ART centers are functioning at Berhampur and Bhanjanagara, while four link centers are operational at various places, including Aska and Polasara, sources said.
Odisha’s Ganjam is one of the most vulnerable places in the country to AIDS and HIV.
As many as 15373 people were tested positive by last October, which is around 36 percent of the state’s total PLHIV.