40,855 HIV positive cases registered in Manipur
In a span of just 5 years, there has been a massive increase of over 15,000 HIV positive cases in Manipur from 25,919 in March 2007 to 40,855 in March 2012, a new report by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.
The increase that averages out at over 3,000 cases per year – a shocking 8 cases per day on an average – has been noticed despite the implementation of Targeted Intervention (TI) programme that cost the exchequer ₹43 crores. CAG notes in the report that the new figures reflect the poor performance and unsatisfactory results in curbing new infections in high-risk individuals.
Looking at the overall numbers of HIV positive cases in India, the country has the third largest number of people living with HIV out of a group of six countries that includes China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam – a whopping 2.1 million at the end of 2013.