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Actors perform a street play on AIDS awareness at a programme organised by Bihar State AIDS Control Society in Patna on Sunday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey

Absence of an indoor facility for the past eight months has come as a shock to the People Living with HIV AIDS (PLHA) in Gaya and its neighbouring areas.

The facility was available here till March 31 this year under Jeevan Jyoti Community Care Centre till National AIDS Control Organisation (Naco) withdrew it.

Gaya Network for People Living with HIV AIDS society president Raghini Sinha said till March 31 this year such patients coming to anti-retroviral treatment centre in Gaya to take medicine facility had to stay at the centre. The patients are vulnerable to opportunistic infection and they also got medicine for this at the community centre. Nearly 1,800 regularly visit the centre to take medicine. At the 10-bed community centre running in a rented house in Gaya town, there was a part-time doctor, two nurses, four outreach workers, one programme manager and a counsellor. Not only the PLHAs got facility of indoor treatment but also got better counselling during their stay.

Under Naco’s new plan, the focus is to ensure government welfare schemes for PLHAs. The new plan is being implemented through Bharatiya Jan Utthan Parishad, an NGO.