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PLHIV protests
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 18 (NPN)
Published on 19 Feb. 2010 12:28 AM IST
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The Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) centre, Dimapur, on Thursday, witnessed a protest by People Living with HIV (PLHIV) against the non-availability of doctors at the centre. The remonstration came up after both the doctors were not available for consultation for the past few weeks. It may be mentioned that there are only two ART centers in the state, one at Naga Hospital Kohima and the other at District hospital Dimapur. Moreover, two doctors have been sanctioned for ART centre Dimapur since the total number of PLHIV is above 3000. Deliberating on the issue, Medical Superintendent, Dimapur district hospital, Dr Sukhato Sema, clarified that one of the doctor was attending training on ART while the other was on leave. He also informed that two doctors from the hospital have been given the additional responsibility of overseeing the centre till the incumbent doctors were back. Maintaining that the centre needed sincere doctors who can relate with the patients, Dr Sukhato informed that both, Secretary, Health & Family Welfare and Project Director, NSACS, Dr Nephi Kire have been updated about the problem faced by the PLHIV. It may be cited that ARV therapy means treating viral infections like HIV with drugs. The drugs do not kill the virus however; they slow down the growth of the virus. When the virus is slowed down, so is the HIV disease. Moreover, huge reductions have been seen in rates of death and suffering when use is made of a potent ARV regimen. Antiretroviral drugs are referred to as ARV while ARV therapy is referred to as ART.

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