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Spurt in Tripura’s HIV positivity rate raises concern

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Agartala, Oct 4: In an ominous note, a minor spurt in the HIV positivity rate has been reported till August 2021, posing a serious reason of worry for the Tripura health department.

Although the rise in positivity rate is not on an alarming scale, the health department sources said, nothing should be taken lightly at this point of time when the health infrastructures across the world are busy fighting a deadly pandemic – COVID-19. Sources said, Tripura’s positivity rate has risen up to 0.78 per cent in April to August 2021 in comparison to 0.38 per cent in the year 2020-2021.

“Tripura posted the highest positivity rate in the year 2007-08 when the test positivity rate stood at 4.35 per cent. But after that year, the positivity rate dramatically decreased and never shot up to that level. The following year, the positivity rate was above 1 per cent but after that it declined below 1 per cent. But, all of a sudden this year the graph has flattened”, said a highly placed source dealing with these issues.
However, rapid preventive measures have been taken soon after the trend sounded alert.

“We have suggested to all the officials working with AIDS control to carry out more tests. We have extended our AIDS testing facilities till the primary health centre level. If someone is reluctant to get tested in his own locality can go to the next PHC away from his house for testing. The purpose behind developing the facilities is to ensure more testing,” sources said.

Explaining the present status of HIV in Tripura, he said, in Tripura there are 2,381 people across the state who are living with HIV. North Tripura District accounts for the highest number of cases with 602 patients contributing 25 per cent of the total population. Next comes West Tripura district with 520 patients. The other districts like Dhalai, Unakoti, Gomati and Khowai have 371, 168, 181 and 181 cases respectively. Sepahijala and South report least numbers of cases with individual caseloads of 138 and 106. In the total cases, the number of female patients stands at 735 while male patients are more than double of the latter with 1646. Doctors attributed the reasons behind the disease’s spread to the use of Injectable drugs. “We have opened four OST (Opioid Substitution Therapy) centres in major health facilities for the treatment of IDU (Injectable Drug Users). Two standalone centres are being set up additionally in the state along with four satellite OST centres in different parts of the state,” said doctors.

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CPIM veteran Bijan Dhar passes away  

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Agartala: Tripura Left Front convenor Bijan Dhar breathed his last morning at a private hospital in Kolkata on Monday.

Dhar, was airlifted to Kolkata after his health deteriorated while undergoing treatment at GB hospital in Agartala.

Earlier, CPIM state secretary Gautam Das succumbed to COVID-19 after fighting for almost a month.

Dhar was the former CPIM state secretary and was appointed as Left Front convenor after the 2018 assembly election defeat.

Dhar was on ventilation for almost two weeks and his health condition was stable. However, in the last 48 hours his health condition deteriorated and he breathed his last in the wee hours on Monday.

The CPIM leaders are preparing to bring his mortal remains to Agartala by an evening fight later today.

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