STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Siliguri, 5 December
The number of AIDS patients is on the rise alarmingly at Islampur municipal area, North Dinajpur, as the rate of spreading can be compared to Mumbai because migrant labourers are being identified as carriers.
Recent study shows that a total of 800 affected persons are undergoing treatment at the anti-retroviral therapy centre at Islampur in north Dinajpur.
Besides, there are several people belonging to the poorer classes suffering from HIV/ AIDS, who have not yet registered their names at the ART centre to avoid social problems.
The West Bengal Voluntary Blood Donors’ Forum recently organised its conference to bring awareness among the people about blood donation and
development of infrastructure in blood bank and
availability of kits to check HIV/ AIDS and other diseases.
WBVBDF general secretary Mr Apurba Ghosh, when he came to know about alarming rate of HIV/ AIDS patients, held a meeting with the Islampur civic body chief Mr K L Agarwal to take proper counseling of HIV/ AIDS victims to prevent them from spreading the disease.
According to Mr Agarwal, huge numbers of migrant labourers at the age of 15 to 16 work in various states specially in Maharashtra area and return here as carriers.
“We are struggling hard to check the menace and started counseling each
victim to control the rate
of spreading applying
different method,” Mr Agarwal said.
But Mr Agarwal said the state government has to adopt a policy immediately to check the menace.
“Maximum victims belong to poor families. It is difficult to rehabilitate them during counseling and  
anti-retroviral therapy
without support of the
state health authorities,” he said.