A village administration in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh, has passed a resolution asking a community care centre for people living with HIV or AIDS to be shifted out of the village, said a source quoting a local villager.
The villagers want the centre to be shifted out because they fear they will get the disease, said the source. The villagers have written a letter to the local administration, saying: "Let them locate the centre one kilometre away from the village or shift it back into the main hospital premises."
Some expressed concern that medical waste was not being disposed off properly and fear that mosquitoes could transmit the disease. Others say that they are worried about opportunistic infections like tuberculosis in the patients moving around in the village.
The centre has 10 beds and is funded by the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO). It is now run by a corporate hospital.
The authorities say that though the resolution has been passed by a democratic body, it has no legal validity and must be annulled.
(Source: Aids-India, August 31, 2009)