Kolkata: Bengal has been adjudged the best State in the country in the prevention of parent-to-child transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), which leads to AIDS. This happy news was shared by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a Facebook post yesterday.
“I am happy to share with all of you that as per the assessment done by NACO for ‘Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission of HIV’ programme for 2017-18, West Bengal has emerged No. 1 in the country,” the post read.
NACO, or the National AIDS Control Organisation, is a Central Government agency under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It has played an important role in controlling the spread of HIV and the treatment of AIDS since the early 1990s.
Through her post, Mamata Banerjee has also shared that, with the proper implementation of the Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPCT) programme, the State Government has enabled 16.5 lakh pregnant women from Bengal in preventing the transmission of HIV to their newborn children. For those adults and children found HIV positive, the Government provides free treatment through Anti-Retroviral Therapy Centres situated in sub-divisional, district and medical college hospitals.
Last but not the least, the Chief Minister has conveyed her best wishes to all those involved in the programme, from doctors and health staff, NGO volunteers and the parents themselves.