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State targets zero HIV, AIDS by 2015

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Bhubaneswar, Dec 2:

The Odisha government has taken all possible measures to ensure zero incidence of HIV/ AIDS in the state by 2015, Health and Family Welfare minister Damodar Rout said on Sunday.

“The percentage of HIV and AIDS in the state which was 3.5 in 2008 has come down to 1.2 per cent by 2012-13. The drastic reduction shows the commitment of the state government towards increasing access to better HIV and related healthcare services,” the minister said while addressing a state-level meeting on observance of the World AIDS Day organsied by the Odisha State AIDS Control Society (OSACS) and the state government.

‘Getting to Zero’ is the globally-accepted theme and goal for all countries from 2011 to 2015 while observing the World AIDS Day.

In his address, Health secretary Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra said there are 30,176 HIV affected people in the state.

“As per statistics, the number of HIV and AIDS-affected people in our state should be 74,000 now. But due to the continuous efforts by the government and other stakeholders, the figure has come down to around 30,000, which is commendable,” Mohapatra said.

He said of the total 30,176 HIV affected people, Ganjam district recorded the highest number with 11,000.

“We have taken massive awareness progarammes in the district along with seven other HIV/AIDS-prone districts like Kendrapara and Bhadrak to curb the spread of the killer disease”, he informed.

“We made Odisha a polio-free state in 2008 and our target is now to make sure that there would be no HIV/AIDS incidence in the state after 2015,” he added.