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506 children from state detected HIV positive
Correspondent Kohima, May 2 (NPN)
Published on 3 May. 2010 12:17 AM IST
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A total of 506 children from Nagaland have been detected with HIV positive since 2002-03 till March 2010. This information was given by union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question raised in Lok Sabha.
According to a PIB release, the minister informed that Since 2002-03, a total of 101783 HIV+ children have been detected in the country. State/UT wise number of HIV+ children were Andaman & Nicobar-2 Andhra Pradesh-23621, Arunachal Pradesh-6, Assam-198, Bihar-2090, Chandigarh-537, Dadra and Nagar-6, Damn and Diu- 8, Delhi- 2612, Goa -476, Gujarat-6325,Haryana-1380, Himachal Pradesh -475,Jammu and Kashmir- 231, Jharkand -666, Karnataka-951,Kerala- 995, Madhaya Pradesh -1435, Mahashtra-24614, Manipur -3285, Meghalaya- 10, Mizoram-203, Orissa-1287, Pondicherry-326, Punjab- 1789, Rajasthan -2611 Sikkim-6, Tamil Nadu-10131,Tripura- 6, Uttar Pradesh -3634, Uttaranchal- 311 and West Bengal-1777.
Under the National AIDS Control Programme, detection of HIV+ children through Integrated Counseling and Testing Centres and referral to Anti-Retroviral Treatment Centers for investigations and treatment are being implemented since 2004-05. Till date, 64661 children have been registered and 19182 eligible children are receiving treatment at 269 Anti-retroviral Centers setup in the country.
National AIDS Control Organisation and the Ministry of Women & Child Development have formulated Policy Framework for Children and AIDS (July 2007) to provide care and support to HIV+ children. Efforts are being made for mitigation of HIV/AIDS by providing psycho-social support, opportunity for education and alleviation of stigma and discrimination of HIV+ children through NGOs and Networks of Positive People.
The Government is considering providing nutritional supplementation to malnourished HIV+ children from the current financial year 2010-11 for which operational guidelines are being worked out.

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