India can end HIV epidemic by 2030, says health minister Nadda
India can put an end to its HIV/Aids epidemic by 2030, said Union health minister JP Nadda on the occasion of World Aids Day.india Updated: Dec 02, 2016 00:36 IST
India can put an end to its HIV/Aids epidemic by 2030, said Union health minister JP Nadda on the occasion of World Aids Day.
New HIV infections have gone down, according to a new UNAIDS report, with India accounting for an estimated 89,000 of the world’s 2.1 million people newly-infected in 2015 with the virus that causes Aids.
“Around two decades ago, India was predicted to be the Aids capital of the world, but there has been a consistent decline in HIV prevalence over the years. We have arrested the epidemic successfully. There has been a 57% reduction in the incidences of new infection and 29% decline in the number of Aids-related deaths,” the minister said.
He added that the government has taken major policy decisions to strengthen the fight against the epidemic.
“It has been decided that the National Aids Control Programme will continue as a central sector scheme,” Nadda said.
Union health secretary CK Mishra also suggested that the Aids programme be aligned with the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) — the ministry’s adolescent health programme — so that the young in the country are safe and covered.
Nadda also cautioned about the emergence of new pockets of infection and rising trends in some low prevalence states such as Odisha, Punjab, and Jharkhand.
During the ceremony, the minister launched the NACO mobile application that has a risk calculator, service directory addressing myths and misconceptions regarding the disease and a link for a National Toll Free Aids Helpline and social protection scheme.