MDACS to start Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) centres inside Byculla and Arthur Road jail

The centres will be placed inside the jails and another ART centre will also be set up at Police Hospital, next to Nagpada police station

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According to a national study conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), 1.7 per cent of prisoners in Mumbai are HIV positive. Considering the study, on the occasion of World Aids Day, the Maharashtra District AIDS Control Society (MDACS) is planning to set up Link Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) centres inside Byculla and Arthur Road jail. 

According to a health official, inmates had to travel to JJ Hospital for medicines but now, as these centres will be placed inside the jails, it will be easy for inmates. Another ART centre will also be set up at Police Hospital, next to Nagpada police station. 

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Dr Srikala Acharya, Additional Project Director of MDACS said the centres will benefit around 150 prisoners who are still undergoing treatment at JJ hospital. She added that they have also trained the jail staff and medical officials about the use of medicine and treatment. 

Dr Padmaja Keskar, BMC’s executive health officer, the public health department said that it will help them to track the number of cases in a more systematic way.

Keskar added that besides these three centres, another Link ART centre will come up at Malvani’s urban health centre along with community medicine department of KEM Hospital.

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