Prevention of HIV/AIDS, for the beneficiaries of E.S.I. Scheme

National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) was set up with a view to meeting national objectives of prevention/control and eradication/prevention of HIV/AIDS. E.S.I. Corporation, being the premier Social Security Organisation in India and engaged in catering medical needs to the industrial workers, has also come forward in implementing the programme of eradication of HIV/AIDS, among the beneficiaries.

World AIDS Day was celebrated on 01.12.06 for the first time in Manicktala E.S.I. Hospital jointly by the E.S.I. (MB) Scheme, Government of West Bengal and E.S.I. Corporation, which was preceded by a two-day Orientation Training Programme for Medical Officers on HIV/AIDS on 29.11.06 & 30.11.06 at Manicktala E.S.I. Hospital. A day-long activities were undertaken for educating the public, as well as the Hospital Staff on the World AIDS Day. Sufficient fund was sanctioned for the celebration by the E.S.I. Corporation and it was also assured by the E.S.I. Corporation that necessary funding assistance from N.A.C.O. Fund will be available.

6 number of S.T.D. Clinics are functioning in 6 E.S.I. Hospitals. 2 Counsellors have been working at E.S.I. Hospitals, Manicktala and Kamarhati (one for each Hospitals) Patients are being screened for HIV test through these Clinics.