Parliamentary panel ask ministry to speed up process of establishing anti-retroviral treatment centres
The committee noted that it is "imperative" to keep this issue as the primary agenda of the government to "explicitly" exhibit their keenness for the welfare of the HIV patients in the country.
A parliamentary panel has asked the Health Ministry to take necessary steps to speed up the process of establishing and linking anti-retroviral treatment centers for the HIV-infected across the country.
The panel has also asked the ministry to devise a mechanism for providing an expanded access to subsidized anti-retroviral therapy for poor people, orphan and destitute children infected with HIV.
"Keeping in view the urgent need for the affordable treatment of HIV positive patients in the country, the committee reiterates its earlier recommendation and urges the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to strengthen its network and take necessary steps to speed up the process of establishing new public-private partnership antiretroviral treatment centres," it said.
The panel, chaired by Bhagat Singh Koshyari, also suggested linking anti-retroviral treatment centres all over the country in a time bound manner.
The committee said it had appreciated the Union Health Ministry for its efforts in providing consistent access to affordable and efficacious medication regime for the treatment of HIV positive patients.
However, the committee had urged the government for devising a mechanism for providing an expanded access to subsidized anti-retroviral therapy for the poor people, orphan and destitute children and poor people infected with HIV.
"The committee is astonished to note from the reply of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare that even after a lapse of more than a year, there are only 22 PPP anti-retroviral centres established in private hospitals across the country and scaling up of the same is still under process.
"Basically, there are two very important things which do not allow the HIV positive patients to get their right treatment and that too at the right clinic, i.e., (i) financial requirement; and (ii) inability of HIV positive patients to afford medication," it said.
The panel also asked the ministry to make efforts to formulate a scheme to extend financial assistance to HIV/AIDS patients "at the earliest".
It said it should be done so that the patients do not feel neglected and be able to channelize their energy and resources to overcome the physical and psychological trauma due to long-drawn treatment.
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