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Kerala announces pension for AIDS patients

 

KAVALAM SASIKUMAR | Kochi, December 1, 2011 14:07
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Kerala once again strides past other states in the HIV-AIDS care by announcing a monthly pension of Rs 400 for the patients of deadly disease.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandi, on the eve of World AIDS Day, also announced a monthly aid of Rs 127 for meeting travel expenses of each infected person. Close relatives of the victims would continue to receive the pension in case the affected succumbs to the disease.

The scheme comes as a great help for the 55,167 HIV-AIDS infected people in the state.

Kerala had earlier become a model by becoming the first state to make Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) free for all the affected.  Later, the central Government followed suit and made ART free nationwide.

While taking stock of the HIV-AIDS scenario in Kerala, the statistics show a decrease in the number of people affected by the deadly virus, signaling that the awareness campaigns are finally paying off. The number of people who come forward to undergo HIV test is showing a steady increase, indicating another good trait.

The number of HIV-AIDS affected in the state has come down to 2,342 (female-940, male-1402) in 2010 from 2,627 (female- 1151, male-1476) in 2005. The reported cases of HIV-AIDS have declined further in 2011. Only 1836 cases have been reported till October this year of which 730 are female and 1106 are men.

The number of people who readied themselves for HIV-AIDS test is increasing year by year. In 2005, a total of 30596 (female-22502, male-8094) underwent the tests while it touched 308174 in 2010 and improved further to reach 319723 till October 2011.

The state organized extensive awareness programmes across the state ahead of the World AIDS day. Red Ribbon campaigners carried the message in trains. Ganesh Pilla, coordinator of the programme and Quality Controller of AIDS Control Society, told TSI that the volunteers also conducted quiz programmes and magic shows to spread the message.

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