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State faces shortage of doctors at ART centres State faces shortage of doctors at ART centres

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JAIPUR: Not just government hospitals, the antiretroviral therapy (ART) centres too are facing shortage of doctors in the state.

There are 17 ART centres in the state but there is a shortage of about 24 doctors in all the 17 ART centres, where people with HIV are given treatment.

But, now to address the problem, principal secretary, health Mukesh Sharma directed the officials to deploy doctors at ART centres from the fresh lot of 1,500 doctors to be recruited soon. Sharma was reviewing the ART centres in the state on Monday.

Since, the prevalence of HIV in the state has slightly increased, the Rajasthan state AIDS Control Society (RSACS) will set up four facility-integrated ART centres, which is a new concept in the state, expanding the healthcare services for people living with HIV.

The four facility-integrated ART centres will come up at Churu, Hanumangarh, Chittorgarh and Rajsamand. According to the RSACS officials the facility-integrated ART centres is a new concept in the state. "It is similar to the ART centres but it has less staff in comparison to ART centres," the official said.

Moreover, there will be two more ART centres coming up in Banswara and Sirohi. At present, there are 17 ART centres functioning in the state.

According to the HIV Sentinel Surveillance (HSS) 2010-11, the prevalence of HIV/ AIDS has increased from 0.19% (in 2008-09) to 0.32%. But, Rajasthan is a low HIV/ AIDS prevalence state with slight increase in prevalence of people living with HIV/ AIDS.

RSACS director Dr S S Chauhan said that there are 48,202 people living with HIV registered at ART centres in the state. Out of them 22,564 are presently taking the benefits at these centres.


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