Ostracized AIDS Patient Commits Suicide in Bihar

by Medindia Content Team on  July 3, 2006 at 4:19 PM AIDS/HIV News   - G J E 4
Ostracized AIDS Patient Commits Suicide in Bihar
Upset with ostracism by family members and villagers, a woman who lost her husband to AIDS and is now diagnosed with the disease committed suicide in her Bihar home.

Premila Devi, 40, from Tilaei village in Rohtas district, ended her life by jumping into a well Saturday, just a few months after her husband Sunil Mahto died of AIDS.

"She was upset by the way her family members as well as villagers treated her after her husband's death," said a villager Nagender Singh.

According to a Bihar State AIDS Control Society (BSACS) official, there are 8,228 identified cases of HIV infection and 1,100 known cases of full blown AIDS in Bihar. Over 80 people, including 13 children, have died of the disease.

The official added that the presence of hundreds of migrant labourers and an open border with Nepal were some of the factors that contributed to the rising cases of HIV/AIDS in Bihar.

The unofficial figures are much higher with some saying that there are over 40,000 HIV positive cases and over 100 people have died of AIDS.

There are 5.2 million HIV/AIDS cases in the country.

(Source: IANS)

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Actually Bihar is seating on the edge of a vulcano which is called HIV/AIDS. Trouble is this that it has not yet been realised by the Government and practically nothing serious is being done in this direction. If HIV/AIDS is assuming alarming dimensions in India, Biharis are one of its main carriers. Bihar produces more than 70 per cent of India's migrant labour population, who work all over the country, from the shipbreaking yards of Alang in Gujarat to the smoke-belching manufactories in Delhi and Mumbai. What is frightful is that there is a remarkably low awareness of the impact, spread and intensity of the disease in their home state. In India, migrant labourers are one of the main carriers of the HIV virus. In Bihar, however, apart from some non-governmental organisation (NGO) initiative, there is little interest in identifying the problem. Health department officials say that they are overburdened by problems other than AIDS. In fact, government information on AIDS is so patchy that even basic statistics are unavailable with Bihar's health department. As for political commitment, AIDS was not even an issue in the Bihar Assembly election campaigns.
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