Trust provides care to needy

Kukatpally: Set up in memory of Smt. Pingle Pramila Jagan Mohan Reddy by her family members and jointly run by Sivananda Rehabilitation Home & Helping Hand Foundation at Kukatpally, SPCC provided quality health care to over 250 HIV patients in its first year of operations from January 24, 2018 till date.Of the 250 plus patients treated, four terminally ill patients died and rest were all successfully treated.

However, 10 to 15% returned with routine ailments. The SPCC spent roughly about Rs 6000 per patient. A majority of patients admitted in the center were treated for opportunistic infections like TB, uncontrolled Diarrhea, Oral and Esophageal candiasis and HIV induced Neuropathy, epilepsy, liver disease and TB meningitis said Dr. Sreedhar, Chief Medical Officer at SPCC. This month a family of five members from city, all HIV positive were moved to SPCC, by NGO Helping Hand Foundation. Several hospitals denied admission to a 6-year-old girl suffering from HIV and suspected diphtheria. Now three members of same the family, the father, mother and daughter are admitted for treatment and will stay here till their treatment is completed.“The SPCC brings to the table quality & integrated Health Care for HIV /AIDS patients comprising of Counselling, physiotherapy, in house nutrition with clean and hygienic medical facilities and specialists from sister concerns within the same compound” said Mr. Vikram Dev Rao, Secretary Sivananda Rehabilitation Home. “With Stigma and fear still largely prevailing many HIV patients who are sick have to run from pillar to post for treatment in different hospitals, as all the facilities are not available under one roof this takes a toll not only on their purses but also their mental health and after the launch of SPCC, HIV patients do not have to go through this ordeal said Mr. Mujtaba Hasan Askari, Helping Hand Foundation an operational partner in the Palliative Care project.
Experts dealing in HIV Care state that with the general health of HIV positive patients is showing marked improvement due to better access and compliance to ART medicine" With the prevailing HIV population of roughly Rs 2 lakh in TS, only 0.1% of the patients availed the HIV Palliative Care in the first year, at SPCC this points to the fact that a larger number of HIV population has now access to ART treatment which is improving their general health said S. Ananth Reddy, Chief Administrator, SPCC.

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