ODISHA : In tune with its commitment towards addressing health issues of communities in and around its area of operations and with the aspiration to minimize the HIV mortality rate in this part of the state.
Tata Steel has supported MKCG Medical College of Berhampur, Ganjam with 350 CD4 reagent kits (BD FACS Count Reagent Kits) used to count CD4 cells of people living with HIV & AIDS.
Dr. Raghunath Behura, Consultant Doctor, Tata Steel handed over the kits to Dr. Ganeswar Sethi, Nodal Officer, ART Centre, MKCG Medical College on Saturday.
It is worth mentioning here that last year, Tata Steel had supported MKCG Medical College with a CD 4 Counting instrument that provides absolute and percentage results of CD4 T lymphocytes to stage progression of HIV/AIDS, to guide treatment decisions for HIV-infected persons, and to evaluate effectiveness of therapy in a wide range of laboratory settings.
With support from Tata Steel in procuring this CD 4 Counting instrument, MKCG Medical College is now among one of the few leading health care institutions of the state to provide high quality medical treatment to the HIV affected people. By analyzing CD4 counts, the machine helps in determining the stage of HIV infection for patients.
The machine also assists clinicians in determining when HIV positive patients including children should begin anti-retroviral treatment (ART) that helps preventing the loss of immune function and maintain CD 4 cells which is targeted and destroyed by HIV virus.
Among others present on occasion from MKCG Medical College were Dr. M V Ramchandra Rao, Sr. Medical Officer, ART Centre; Dr. Prasanna Kumar Kar, Medical Officer, ART Centre and Dr. Simanchala Panda, Medical Officer, ART Centre.
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