Seventy-eight children infected with HIV and AIDS in Virudhunagar district would benefit from educational assistance under the newly created trust by the Chief Minister for Children Living with HIV / AIDS.
The Minister of Revenue KKSSR Ramachandran launched a campaign of signatures to the Collectorate of Virudhunagar to raise awareness about HIV / AIDS.
Speaking at a function held to mark World AIDS Day here on Wednesday, collector J. Meghanath Reddy said efforts would be made to identify children who were not covered by the trust and assistance would be provided to ensure a nutritious diet and education.
Mr Meghanath said HIV infection which was 0.79% in 2010-11 in Virudhunagar district has gradually fallen to 0.15% in 2020-2021.
In an effort to free Tamil Nadu from HIV, the Tamil Nadu AIDS Control Society, the Department of Health and NGOs have raised awareness about HIV.
World AIDS Day was celebrated under the theme “End Inequalities, End AIDS, End the Pandemic”. The government of Tamil Nadu operated 2,593 integrated counseling and testing centers, 55 antiretroviral therapy centers, 174 antiretroviral treatment centers, 216 clinics for sexually transmitted infections, 89 blood banks, and 32 free legal aid centers. fees for the benefit of people infected with HIV / AIDS. anybody.
Free HIV testing was carried out and HIV / AIDS consultations were provided in 71 centers, including the Virudhunagar Government Medical College Hospital, public hospitals, primary health centers, primary health centers and ESI Hospital in Virudhunagar District. Farmers infected with HIV / AIDS received a monthly aid of 1,000 yen under the Farmer Safety Program of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
Police Commissioner M. Manoharn, District Revenue Officer R Mangalaramasubramanian, Deputy Director (Health Services) Kalu Sivalingam, District Project Manager (Virudhunagar AIDS Control Society) Velaiah, were present.