Bhubaneswar: Odisha to be HIV/ AIDS free state by 2015. This was informed by the Health and Family Welfare Minister Damodar Rout on Sunday. Minister Rout said the State Government is taking all proactive measures for halting and reversing the spread of HIV/ AIDS by the target date of 2015. “In 2008, the detection percentage of HIV and AIDS in the State was 3.5 and now it stands at 1.2 per cent.
The reduction in the positivity rate over the years showed the Government’s commitment towards increasing access to better HIV and related healthcare services,” said Rout here at the State-level meeting on observance of the World AIDS Day, organsied by the Odisha State AIDS Control Society (OSACS) and the State Government. ‘Getting to Zero’ is the globally-accepted theme for the years between 2011 and 2015 for observing the World AIDS Day.
Speaking on the occasion, Health Secretary Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra said now, there are 30,176 people in the State detected with HIV. “As per statistics, the number of HIV and AIDS-affected people in our State should be 74,000 now. But due to the continuous efforts by the Government and other stakeholders the figure stands at around 30,000, which is commendable,” said Mohapatra. “We made Odisha a polio-free State in 2008, and our target is now to make sure that no new HIV/AIDS detection is noticed after 2015,” said Mohapatra. He said, “Of the total 30,176 HIV affected people, Ganjam district recorded the highest number with 11,000. Hence, we are taking mass public awareness progarammes in the district along with seven other HIV/AIDS-prone districts like Kendrapada and Bhadrak to check the spread of the pandemic.”