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Negligence blamed for rise in HIV-AIDS related deaths in Rajasthan

The total number of deaths recorded over the last four years due to HIV is 6,281. Among them, 4078 were male patients, 1892 were female and 311 were children.

September 15, 2018, 6:15 pm

Representative image of HIV AIDS.

Jaipur: More than 6000 HIV infected people including 331 children have died over the last four years allegedly due to negligence and the lack of monitoring on part of Rajasthan medical and health department. HIV-AIDS related deaths in the state are increasing while the number of patients getting infected with HIV is decreasing. In 2013-14, the number of deaths due to HIV was 17% while in 2016-17 it increased to 25%. The death rate ratio among HIV patients has increased despite various AIDS programs being conducted and the relief amount being offered by the central government. The total number of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infected patients in the state is around 30,579 as per the last four-year of records. Of them, 16,677 are male, 11,817 are female and 2,085 are children. The total number of deaths recorded in the last four years due to HIV is 6,281. Among them, 4078 were male patients, 1892 were female and 311 were children. The central government provides relief amount up to Rs 25 crore to the medical department of the state for the proper treatment of HIV patients. Despite this, the number of deaths is increasing. Why is the number of deaths increasing among HIV patients? According to the experts, HIV patients are not getting surgeries in the hospitals on time.
  • There is no viral load facility available for the patients.
  • The intake of medicines is not proper among patients.
  • Lack of counseling for patients.
  • Lack of subversion and experts.
  • Lack of monitoring.
  • Government ignorance.
  • Lack of awareness about the disease.
  • No follow up of the registered patients.
Life of many HIV infected patients can be saved with proper medical attention, supplemental treatment and regular counseling. the central government is providing Rs 20-25 crore every year for the HIV patients, despite this, people are dying and the number of deaths is increasing every year. - Brijesh Dubey, President of Rajasthan Network for People Living with HIV\AIDS. Statistics of HIV positive patients in the last four years.
Year\Category Male Patients Female patients Child patients
2013-2014 4271 3098 541
2014-2015 4415 3143 576
2015-2016 4087 2898 502
2016-2017 3904 2678 466
Total 16,677 11,817 2,085
Statistics of HIV positive deaths in the last four years.
Year\Category Male Deaths Female Deaths Child Deaths
2013-2014 871 397 57
2014-2015 1073 478 77
2015-2016 1041 494 85
2016-2017 1093 523 92
Total 4078 1892 311
   

First published: September 15, 2018