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Hospital of Infectious Diseases

RDT’s Hospital of Infectious Diseases has become a renowned referral centre offering a range of high-quality services in a single location to people living with HIV/AIDS and TB.

DEPARTMENTS

TUBERCLOSIS

HIV/AIDS

Every year, India witnesses a large number of young deaths due to HIV/AIDS and TB. The situation is worse in rural areas, as awareness about these diseases is low and, therefore, susceptibility is high. To help people suffering from HIV/AIDS, RDT started a weekly clinic in Bathalapalli and Kuderu in 2002 where patients were treated on out-patient basis. As the number of HIV/AIDS patients gradually but steadily continued to increase in Ananthapuram, the organisation felt the need to start a dedicated hospital for the management of infectious diseases.

“My job is to make impossible dreams come true.”
Vicente Ferrer,
Founder - RDT

The Hospital of Infectious Diseases (HID) was opened in May 2006 in Bathalapalli with the aim of providing out-patient and in-patient care and supporting AIDS patients psychologically, nutritionally, physically, emotionally and financially. This was the first hospital in Ananthapuram to perform Caesarean sections on HIV-positive mothers and the first to conduct surgeries on HIV-positive patients to reduce the morbidity and mortality rates and help them lead a normal life.

The other objectives behind opening this hospital were to prevent the disease from spreading through awareness building, reduce the stigma and fear associated with the disease and stop discrimination against HIV/AIDS patients. In 2011, a new Clinical Microbiology Laboratory was created, especially to improve the diagnosis of Tuberculosis in the region.

Today, the HID treats over 2,500 cases of TB per year, many of them being cases of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB). This is the first government-approved private hospital in India that can give second-line treatment to HIV/AIDS patients. Along with routine treatment and follow-up, the hospital also provides pre-test and post-test counselling, nutrition counselling, condom demonstrations, education about Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT), ART and TB treatment adherence and home-based care. Selected vulnerable patients such as widows, HIV infected children, patients with tuberculosis and those with very low income get food items rich in nutrition.

TIMELINE

ED’s MESSAGE
Bathapalli ED
Today, the HID treats over 2,500 cases of TB per year, many of them being cases of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB).

HOSPITAL DIRECTOR’s MESSAGE

A big concern nowadays is the rise in the number of cases of TB associated with HIV infection.

WAY FORWARD

Making India TB-Free

RDT has been able to provide good quality of life to people living with HIV/AIDS through ART (Anti-Retroviral Treatment), constant follow-up and psychological support. There has been an increase in the number of patient visits to clinics for initial screening and treatment. This was possible through awareness building among rural people. But these results need to be consolidated, and retention of patients is required to curb this disease.

Currently, a growing number MDR TB cases are being registered in hospitals. Due to the stigma associated with these diseases and discrimination that TB and HIV patients face for getting treatment, adopting a human rights approach to these diseases is in the public interest.

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