GSACS introduces training and awareness programme for nurses and Class IV workers,who have the highest risk of contracting the virus
In an attempt to reduce the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS during the disposal of hospital waste,the Gujarat State AIDS Control Society (GSACS) has introduced a training and awareness programme for the Class III and Class IV workers.
The step has been taken as they are at a greater risk of contracting the virus due to accidental needle pricks and exposure to the waste.
Over 65 nurses and Class IV workers at Sir Sayajirao General (SSG) Hospital underwent the training recently. A similar programme is being conducted at all the government hospitals in the state.
They run the highest risk of contracting the virus as they are in direct contact with the hospital waste, said Dr Pradeep Kumar,Additional Project Director,GSACS.
He added that every hospital provides a 28-day course to its employees on such issues. But most of the Class IV workers do not avail the facilities due to lack of awareness.
No HIV case has been reported so far. But many a times nurses and Class IV workers get needle stick injuries while handling the waste, said Dr Tanuja Javadekar,head of the Microbiology Department,Baroda Medical College.
The GSACS,along with the Indian Medical Associations state branch,has undertaken a programme to train a selected group of people,who will further impart training and awareness to the workers.
We have asked the IMA to nominate two trainers from each district,who can be trained on how to manage the protocol of AIDS patients and the post-exposure procedures of diagnosis. These trainers will in turn take up the training and awareness programme in their respective districts, said Dr Kumar.
The training given to workers is not just limited to the precautionary measures that need to be taken,but also draws attention to the misconceptions among the workers.
Some of them still have the misconception that the disease spreads through contact, said Javadekar.