Agartala: Speakers in a seminar organized by the Kanchanpur sub-divisional administration at Damchera in North Tripura district has expressed grave concern over the growing number of HIV/AIDS patients in the areas bordering Mizoram and Bangladesh. Many speakers were especially worried with the growing number of such patients in the Reang refugee camps situated both in Kanchanpur and Panisagar sub-divisions.
N Darlong, SDM, Kanchanpur, Pijush Deb, Block Development Officer, Chief Medical officer of North Tripura district Saradindu Reang and officials of the State AIDS Control Society were present in the seminar.
It has been revealed in the seminar that the number of such patients in the year 2015-16 was 11, which took a great leap in the next fiscal (2016-17) and 31 patients were diagnosed as HIV positive.
Subsequently, this ever-increasing tally of HIV patients did not show any signs of stopping and 28 more were detected in 2017-18, 28 in 2018-19 and 42 have been diagnosed with HIV-AIDS till July 2019. Speakers said apart from sexual contact, abuse of drug, especially injected drugs, are another reason for spread of the disease and stressed in creating awareness among the people about the bad affects of drugs.