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Mumbai's Fifth ART

The ART centre in western suburbs is likely to start in municipal dispensary in Borivali’s Eksar Road.
The patients infected with HIV and having AIDS especially those from the western suburbs will finally get some help nearby. Mumbai District AIDS Control Society (MDACS) will soon roll out its first-ever Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) centre in this part of the city.

The centre, likely to start in municipal dispensary in Borivali’s Eksar Road (located on the highway), will be a public-private partnership venture. A Belgium-based trust, Medecins Sans Frontieres will fund its staff and machinery whereas National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) will provide free ART drugs and training.

“Training of the doctors, technicians and counsellors will be done by MDACS where as the over all establishment cost — salary of the staff and equipment like CD 4 count machines will be borne by the trust,” said Dr S S Kudalkar, project director, MDACS.

Currently four civic and government hospitals — JJ Hospital (Byculla), King Edward Memorial Hospital (Parel), Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital (Sion), B Y L Nair Hospital (Mumbai Central) are providing ART treatment to over 16,000 patients both from the city as well as outside.