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Scare keeps matches away

india Updated: Jan 11, 2007 15:02 IST
M Haider
M Haider
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FOR THE parents of marriageable children in Pagaria Chor it is a headache to find a match outside their village. The simple reason is that the village -- barely 6 km from Ashta Tehsil headquarters -- with a population of 1800 has many truck drivers and one known sex worker. It is the scare of AIDS/HIV that is keeping the people of neighbouring villages away and they are not keen to marry off their children to someone in Pagaria Chor.

The village has become a dreaded one after the death of five persons, including a woman and detection of six HIV positive cases in June 2005.

Most people in the neighbouring villages fear that their children were likely to get infected by the dreaded disease by simply coming in contact with the people there.

According to him the District AIDS office need to change its attitude towards the people and the patients of the village. Despite the directions of the then Collector to hold regular medical camps in the village and a resolution by the local Panchayat in 2005 to test the blood of every individual in the jurisdiction of the Panchayat has failed to move the District AIDS Centre into action.

Except for a hurriedly held camp in which 30 blood samples were collected nothing has been done to the satisfaction of the residents or the patients.

Residents Kartar Singh and Aziz complain there is no multi-purpose worker (MPW) posted in the village. They want regular medical camps and periodical check-ups of the entire population by senior doctors from Sehore.  Meanwhile, according to the district AIDS Officer Dr B K Chaturvedi there could be about 200 HIV positive cases in the district.