PREVENTION MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF REPRODUCTIVE TRACT INFECTIONS AND SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and Reproductive Tract Infections (RTI) enhance chances of acquiring and transmitting HIV infection. Hence control and prevention of STI/RTI is one of the key prevention strategies for HIV. Early diagnosis and appropriate and complete treatment of STI/RTI reduces the transmission rate of HIV infection by more than 40%. Control and prevention of STI/RTI also facilitates reduction of reproductive morbidity and improves quality of life especially among women and adolescents. Syndromic case management, with minimal laboratory tests, is the cornerstone of STI/RTI management under the National AIDS Control Organization.
PROGRESS OF STI/RTI SERVICES:
Expansion of STI/RTI Service in Government Health Facilities:
Pre-packed STI/RTI colour-coded kits:
The pre-packing of STI/RTI drug kits has helped to standardise treatment. Colour-coded STI/RTI kits have been provided for free supply at all government STI/RTI clinics and TI NGOs. These colour coded drug kits are procured centrally by NACO and dispatched to all SACS and district level consignees, and are being distributed to facilities for use. Pre-packaging of the drugs is being recognised as a global innovation in STI programme management.
New Strategy on Elimination of Parent to Child Transmission of Syphilis:
Congenital Syphillis is a serious but preventable disease, which can be eliminated proactively through effective screening of all pregnant mothers for syphilis and prompt treatment of those infected, including their partner and new born.
Designated STI/RTI Services in Meghalaya:
|Sl No||Name of the Hospital||District|
|Shillong Civil Hospital||East Khasi Hills|
|Nongstoin Civil Hospital||West Khasi Hills|
|Jowai Civil Hospital||Jaintia Hils|
|Khliehriat CHC||Jaintia Hills|
|Nongpoh Civil Hospital||Ribhoi|
|Baghmara Civil Hospital||East Garo Hills|
|Williamnagar Civil Hospital||South Garo Hills|
|Ganesh Das Hospital||East Khasi Hills|
|Tura Civil Hospital||West Garo Hills|
|NEIGRIHMS||East Khasi Hills|