Berhampur, March 7(LocalWire): National AIDS Control Organisation has carried out the annual HIV sentinel surveillance in different categories of people in Ganjam keep a tab of HIV positives in the district.
Earlier NACO had categorized Ganjam as high prevalence (category A) district. As many as 15,506 people from the district, that included a majority of young migrant workers, tested positive since 2000 to January 2019, sources said.
The survey, conducted from 1 February, will end on 30 April and take into account 400 jail inmates in Berhampur Circle Jail and pregnant women attending antenatal care clinics to know their status. The NACO will be categorized in the district, as per the findings of the sentinel surveillance.
‘Out of the 400 inmates, we conducted random tests on 142 male inmates who are under-trial prisoners here.’ said Sambit Begray, the medical officer, entrusted with conducting the test. ‘We have taken the samples after the inmates, whose names were provided by the government, gave their consent,’ he elaborated. The collected samples were sent to the regional labrotary, Chennai for testing, he said.
Similarly the survey on the pregnant women was also carried out in different hospitals in the district, including MKCG Medical College and Hospital, City Hospital, community health centers at Aska and Hinjili, sources said.
‘Though the HIV sentinel surveillance of different categories of people is conducted annually by NACO, this is the first time that the organistion focused on the jail inmates.’ said district programme manager, district AIDS prevention and control unit, Hemant Dash.
He said they had earlier conducted camps in the circle jail to know the HIV positive status of the inmates. By the end of February, they had tested blood samples of 862 inmates and had found three inmates with HIV positive.