The newly appointed Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur launched a nutrition scheme for HIV-positive children in the state. The CM announced the scheme in AIDS awareness event organized by HP State AIDS Control Society on the occasion of National Youth Day.
The goal of the scheme is to provide nutrition supplement and to boost the immunity to 400 HIV infected youth in the state. The scheme is applicable to people less than 18 years of age who have been detected with HIV. The state government will also help these children with other means possible.
HIV tests are mandatory for expecting mothers in Himachal.
The CM also announced that the HIV tests are made mandatory for each of the expecting mothers in the states. With the mandatory tests the HIV can be detected early and required steps can be taken to make sure that the HIV ads is not passed on to baby by the mothers.
The CM is concerned about the rising number of aids patients in the state and want to create awareness campaigns in the rural and remote areas. At present Himachal Pradesh has around 5,700 AIDS patients.