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46 HIV positive cases identified in Kokrajhar dist

By Correspondent

KOKRAJHAR, Oct 13 � As many as 46 HIV positive cases have been identified in Kokrajhar district of which 15 cases are in Gossaigaon subdivision and the rest in Kokrajhar subdivision alone. Many other such cases are yet to be identified, informed Dr AK Brahma, member, Assam State AIDS Control Society (ASACS) and incharge of Blood Bank, Kokrajhar.

Talking to this correspondent, Dr Brahma said that out of five full grown confirmed AIDS cases, three expired recently.

At the same time, Dr Brahma said that both the inter State boundary at Srirampur and some other parts of international boundary with Bhutan along Kokrajhar district of BTAD are significantly vulnerable to chances of transmission of the disease due to preponderance of migrant workers and the booming sex trade. He also recommended the need for massive awareness measures across communities for preventive steps.

He further informed that the Kokrajhar Blood Bank is now well-equipped to serve patients requiring blood with a storage capacity of more than 100 units at a time. He expressed immense satisfaction over enthusiasm of the members from various local NGOs remarkably the Kokrajhar district unit of the Prjapita Brahma Kumari and Marowary Yuba Manch in recent times.

He also appealed for greater response from mass people of this area and assured to make every possible effort to create maximum awareness among the people on saving lives through blood donations.

Meanwhile, along with rest of the country, the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day was also observed here at Kokrajhar with a day-long programme. The programme was organised by the Blood Bank Kokrajhar with active cooperation from local NGO�s like Discovery Club and Sristi.

A rally was also brought out on the day in which many school students including NGO members and ICTC, STI, PPTCT staff took part. The rally was flagged off by the additional director, DHS, Dr V Singson. A blood donation camp was also held which was inaugurated by Carol Narzary, DC, Kokrajhar. Six units of blood were donated as a token from the public donors. A public meeting-cum-seminar on importance of voluntary blood donation in this connection was also held which was chaired by Dr V Singson.

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