Berhampur, Dec 1 (LocalWire) HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) screening test for pregnant women were done at village level in Ganjam, the district with highest number of AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) cases in Odisha.
The primary screening of HIV was conducted by Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) at sub centers, along with some other tests on Village Health Nutrition Day (VHND), popularly known as Mamata Day, every Tuesday and Friday.
The main objective of “HIV & Syphilis screening of pregnant women at VHND” is to prevent the transmission of the deadly virus from mother to child, said chief district medical officer (CDMO) Ganjam Sadananda Mishra at a meeting on Saturday here.
The ANMs were instructed if they found any suspected cases after preliminary screening, the patient will be referred to Integrated Counseling and Testing Center (ICTC) in the district for final test, he said.
As many as 28 ICTCs are functioning in the district in all community health center (CHC), district headquarters hospital, MKCG Medical College and Hospital and a private hospital here.
Any pregnant woman tested HIV positive would be provided medicine at the ART centers.
“The chances of transmitting AIDS virus from mother to child becomes very less if the HIV positive woman is treated at early stage of pregnancy,” said the CDMO.
As many as 15,343 persons have been tested HIV positive in the district by the end of October.
The programme assumed significance as at least seven children in the district were born HIV positive in the district due to transmission of the virus from mother the child, said Loknath Mishra, director of Aruna, an organization working with AIDS patients.
He said on an average 50 women with HIV positive deliver annually in the district.