Healthy babies have been born to approximately 213 HIV-infected women in government-run hospitals of Chhattisgarh in 2016-2017, according to State health official.
“The health department is committed to secure the child from infection in the womb of a HIV-positive mother,” Chhattisgarh’s health services director R. Prasanna told PTI.
He told about good results of multi-medicine treatment process, where 213 women infected with HIV have given birth to healthy babies.
The HIV examination were conducted on as many as 3,93,475 pregnant women in 2016-2017 and of the total 232 tested positive.
Treatment under multi-medicine process was provided to 219 HIV positive pregnant women at government hospitals, he told.
After their deliveries, the babies of 213 women were detected uninfected and healthy, Mr. Prasanna said.
However, the remaining six children were found to be infected. They are now being given medicines through the anti-retroviral therapy (ART) centres, he said.
ART is the combination of several anti-retroviral medicines that help to decease the rate at which HIV makes copies of itself (multiplies) in the body.
Mr. Prasanna said the State has 26,000 HIV positive people and of them, 10,289 were being provided medicines through five ART and 12 link ART centres (which work like sub-centres of ART), according to the set guidelines.