Mumbai District Aids Control Society (MDACS) organised a programme for the AIDS patients which included a magic show, games, and competitions and even constructed a museum with famous statues. Also, children were given an opportunity to talk about their journey.
Speaking about this, Dr Shrikala Acharya, additional project director of Mumbai District Aids Control Society (MDACS) said, “In the state, the first HIV patients was diagnose din the year 1986. Earlier, there was a lack of awareness regarding AIDS. But since six years, In Mumbai and Maharashtra there is a drop of 56 per cent in the AIDS patients.”
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator Mark Green, was present at the programme organised by the Mumbai District Aids Control Society (MDACS).
Dr Acharya said, “The per cent of HIV is zero amongst sex workers. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) centre, has been started in their area to enable them to undergo the medical checkup. With the help of the government and NGOs we are making efforts to tackle HIV.”
Dr Padmaja Keskar, the executive medical officer of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), said, “Since the year 1992, awareness regarding AIDs has been created. Shakti Clinic has been started in the BMC run hospitals for the AIDS patients. In Mumbai, there are 16 ART centres. So, HIV to children from the mother has come to 4 per cent.”
Dr Avinash Supe, Dean, KEM Hospital said, “CD4 count of HIV patients has to be good. And they should fight it bravely and confidently. HIV patients should be encouraged to live.”