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Haryana to set up adolescent friendly clinics


SURINDERPAL SARAO | Chandigarh, July 15, 2011 19:28
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To protect its younger generation from the deadly disease of AIDS by providing it medical guidance at the adolescent age, the Haryana government has decided to set up “Kishore Mitarta Clinics” (Adolescent Friendly Clinics) in all civil hospitals and community health centers in the state.

These clinics are being set up by the State AIDS Control Society under its Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health programme - ‘ARSH’.

Giving this information, Haryana Health Minister, Rao Narender Singh said that special medical advice and testing facilities would be available for adolescents in these clinics which would function on every Saturday between 12 noon and 2 p.m. Under the scheme, medical counseling and testing facilities would be provided free of cost to adolescents aged between 10 and 18.

The minister said that in the first phase, the programme was implemented in nine districts namely Rohtak, Rewari, Gurgaon, Jind, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Bhiwani, Sonipat and Panchkula and now it had been decided to implement it in all districts of the state.

Rao Narender said that the possibility of HIV or AIDS has increased by ten times in the absence of knowledge and protection. Possibility of reproductive and sexually transmited infections was almost negligible with timely treatment. "Usually, the adolescents do not talk about sexual problems with their parents and they hesitate in discussing such problems with anyone," he said. "Those adolescents who have elders do not suffer from such problems as sometimes they share such issues with their elders. The importance of these clinics is further increased in view of lack of information among adolescents."

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017