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AR ditch jawan with AIDS
Correspondent KOHIMA, Oct 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Oct. 2009 12:19 AM IST
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In a clear case of human rights violation and discrimination, an Assam Rifles jawan suffering from HIV was left to struggle for his own life by the unit. The jawan, reportedly from 42 AR and posted at Imphal is presently undergoing treatment at the Naga Hospital Kohima. The patient reportedly hails from Shamator town. Following his sickness, the AR jawan was reportedly shifted to Shillong for treatment. Later, he was shifted to Guwahati when his sister and brother in-law found him in a corridor with just a saline injection. Then he was brought to Naga hospital Kohima in a disoriented state and admitted on October 8 without any prior medical documents, according to a doctor at the NHK. “Since there was no medical record and the patient is in a very disoriented state, we went ahead with CD4 count, we found that his immunity read just at 36 which is very low and we started the ARTC,” the doctor told this correspondent. The doctor also revealed that the condition of the patient was “so bad” but since he has exhausted his finances there were certain problems in shifting him to the ICU. However, with the assurance from the NNP+ in the presence of the media persons to sponsor Rs 10,000, the patient was shifted to the ICU on Monday. The Commanding Officer of the Battalion had reportedly assured that someone from the unit would be sent to look after the patient but to no avail. Besides, the victim had run out of money for treatment from his own saving. Doctors at the NHK alleged that the CO when contacted, verbally threatened the doctors on duty. “The patient is already in a disoriented state but the officer in-charge is not cooperative”, said an advocate from the lawyers’ initiative, an independent organization which is working for the welfare of the society.

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