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Meningococcal disease claims 19 in Tripura

By The Assam Tribune

AGARTALA, March 7 � At least 19 people died in Tripura due to meningococcal disease in the last one year, Health Minister Tapan Chakraborty said.

He told the Assembly on Friday that the State Government had sought 1.83 lakh units of vaccines from the Centre but was yet to receive any response.

Chakraborty also said the Health officials collected samples of blood from 289 HIV patients, of which 127 were confirmed with AIDS last year.

The State Government had set up centres of Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) at the Agartala Government Medical College and G B Hospital here with the help of National Aids Control Organisation (NACO).

Two link ART centres had also been set up during this financial year at South and North Tripura districts respectively for distribution of medicine to the AIDS patients, the Minister said in reply to a question of CPI(M)�s Samir Deb Sarkar. � PTI

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