HIV seminar at RIMS

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IMPHAL, December 6:  Prof S Sekharjit, Director of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences today inaugurated the two-day training programme on the assessment of immune deterioration of the HIV positive persons at the Jubilee hall.

Welcoming the participants from many states of eastern India he said the laboratory technicians are the backbone of NACO. He hoped that they would gain knowledge from the training and help ensure 100 per cent correct laboratory results. “Human errors in such testings created problems. With the fast developing technologies he feels that the machines will be improved to marginalize human errors,” he stated.

The training programme is organised by NACO and BD Biosciences. RIMS has been using FACS count machine since 2002. The objective of the training is to provide good laboratory practice for the laboratory technicians from Manipur and other states of eastern India.

Prof Brajachand of Microbiology department, RIMS said that there are 35.3 million HIV positive people in the world. India has 2.4 million of which 43,882 persons are in Manipur. Till September this year Ukhrul registered the highest number of HIV positive people; the official percentage is 2.5. He underlined the importance of quality control in laboratory testings.

Prof Sulochana, head of department of Microbiology reminded the people that AIDS is still incurable. The only way left to the people is to prevent it through awareness.

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