NNagaDAO demands release of backlog of 2015-16 under TI projects

NNagaDAO demands release of  backlog of 2015-16 under TI projects

Dimapur, February 17: The Network of Nagaland Drugs and AIDS Organizations (NNagaDAO), the apex body of NGOs and CBOs working in the field of Drugs and HIV & AIDS in Nagaland has urged the Additional Secretary & DG, NACO & RNTCP, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India to release the backlog of 2015-16 under the Targeted Intervention (TI) projects.
In a letter to Sanjeeva Kumar, Additional Secretary & DG, the NNagaDAO called for expansion of the laboratory at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima by installing a viral load machine, as a monitoring tool to provide quality management system (QMS) and to improve access to routine viral load testing and achieve HIV viral load suppression and for timely detection of PLHIV’s who are eligible for second-line/third-line ARV treatments.
It also urged for revision of entire Targeted Intervention (TI) budget, with special attention to the salary enhancement of the staffs, PE incentives and chief functionaries honorarium, and to replace the old computers and laptops of the TI projects.
Stating that frequent stock outs of ARV Drugs in Nagaland has become a major concern, the NNagaDAO said it is a serious matter concerning the very survival of the PLHIV as it may lead to virological failure and resulting in ARV drug resistance, it requested the Additional Secretary to do away with the middleman (CMSS) system and also ensure there is no stock out in future.
The organization demanded immediate implementation of the HIV co infection with HCV prevention and treatment program supported by Global Fund across the state.
It requested the Technical Resource Group (TRG) to implement the revised take-home policy of Buprenorphine.
It also said there is a need to strengthen the existing TSU to accelerate in achieving the 90-90-90 target. It proposed to have own state TSU, which can provide technical expertise to TI and to the whole HIV program in state.
The NNagaDAO also requested the Additional Secretary to se tup a grievance redressal system (cell) in NACO and SACSs for Key Populations and civil societies. (Page News Service)