New born can be saved from HIV with 27 month care, say medical scientists
RAIPUR: Medical scientists got a great success in the
treatment of dreaded AIDS. They claimed that HIV (AIDS) affected expectant
mothers and their children could get relief from the dreaded disease in 27
months, as a result of special care.
A new technique has been developed for it, through
which multi-drug anti-retroviral regimen therapy has been used. The scheme will
be started in Chhattisgarh from September 5, 2014. In this regard, national
AIDS organisation has been conducting training programmes across the country
from January 2014.
This information has been given by specialists at a
two-day workshop organised by the Chhattisgarh State AIDS Control Society here.
In the workshop, organised with the cooperation of health department, training
has been imparted to doctors, paramedical staff and counsellors of the state.
Detailed discussion on Integrated Consultation and Test Centres (ICTC) and
Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) was held in the workshop.
In the workshop, trained doctors from Gujarat,
Hyderabad and Delhi informed about care to be taken in the feeding of infected
expectant mothers and at time of delivery and the modern methods in their
monitoring. It was told at the workshop that if care were taken to the child to
be born of the infected pregnant mother before delivery and after delivery up
to 27 months, the child could be saved from the HIV infection.
Chhattisgarh project director Dr Kamalpreet Singh said
that HIV infection was being tested in the 111 ICTCs established in the
district hospitals, community health centres and primary health centres of the
state. Iron tables, tetanus injection and free HIV infection testing facility
would be made available to registered pregnant women, he added.
Specialists said that if HIV infection was found in
women, modern multi-drug Anti Retroviral Therapy under the Prevention of
Parents to Child Transmission (PPTCT) would be given to them. In this therapy,
the infested woman has to take one tablet per day. In the meanwhile, trained
doctors will conduct continuous investigation of the infested pregnant woman
for nine months. Within two hours of birth, the newly born child will be given
one dose of Nevirapin syrup and this will continue up to 45 days, as per the weight
of the child.
After six week,
DBS/HIV test of the child will be done and after that the child will be given
one dose of Septron syrup up to next 18 months. As such, with the continuous
care for 27 months the child could be saved from HIV infection.