Abhijit Nath, NET Correspondent, Tripura
Agartala, December 02, 2021 : Tripura Chief Minister, Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday asked the Health and Family Welfare officials for screening of HIV cases among the students of various colleges located along Agartala.
If reports are to be believed, HIV positive positive cases have been escalating among the youth of Agartala city, especially the college-goers, due to injecting of drugs.
The state-level World AIDS Day has been observed at Pragna Bhavan in Agartala city on Wednesday.
In this programme, Chief Minister expressed concern that some college students were detected with HIV positive following use of injectable drugs.
“I have reverified the data furnished by the State AIDS Control Society with the officials and the pattern in which the cases are increasing is a matter of deep concern”, he added.
Deb said “The Health and Family Welfare department officials should test each and every student of the colleges. Unfortunately, the cases are being detected in higher numbers at the most coveted college of the state. The routes of drugs should be identified, if needed the police could be asked for cooperation.”
Chief Minister asserted that the rise in drug abuse is resultant of a negative mindset that flourished across the state for the last 40 to 45 years.
“Two to three patients every day are detected positive in GBP hospital here in Agartala and the prevalence is higher among college students. The figures are indicative of an alarming future. Immediate steps have to be ensured to control the situation and launch a one to one awareness drive to eradicate HIV from Tripura.” – he added.
Raising a clarion call “No place for Drugs, No place for HIV” in Tripura, Deb asked the women to play a pivotal role in waging a battle against drugs.
“The women who are living manifestations of Durga and Chandi, must play their role in fighting the drug menace”, he added.
According to the statistics released by the Tripura State AIDS Control Society, Tripura has a total caseload of 2,459 that include 750 female and 1709 male patients. A total of 640 patients succumbed due to HIV in the last 20 years.
However, the recent statistics revealed that, between April to October of this year, a total of 560 patients have been detected positive for contamination.
Office Head of TSACS, Dr Deep Kumar Debbarma claimed “So far, 1,797 patients have registered in centers and more than 300 people completed the treatment cycle without any disruptions.”
The district wise caseload of HIV patients in Tripura stands at : 594 in North Tripura district, 564 West Tripura, 408 in Dhalai district, 261 in Unakoti District, 188 in Khowai district, 183 in Gomati district, 137 in Sepahijala district and 109 in South Tripura district.
However, 15 HIV positive patients have been identified, who are currently residing in Tripura.