Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Jobs for HIV positive candidates

Are you an HIV positive person and want to get a Job in South India? They have actually reserved government jobs for HIV positive candidates! No matter how those NGO’s managed to pull this one off, I am of the opinion that it will bring immense relief to those suffering from such an illness as they will now be well able to care for themselves financially as well.

Economic Times had an article on the same. I’m including a short excerpt here for your easy reference:

"The salary for the contract appointment is between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000. According to official figures Kerala has more than 25,000 HIV positive cases, of which around 4,500 are receiving free anti-retroviral therapy in various government run medical colleges in the state. S K Harikumar, who worked previously with KSACS and is now an independent consultant in HIV AIDS and sexual health, said finding a person for the post of the coordinator would not be a problem. "I myself know several people who are eligible for this post. The biggest advantage in such a post with these specifications is that HIV AIDS is no longer considered as a stigma. This shows that our society has matured," said Harikumar. State Health Minister P K Sreemathi said there are quite a few voluntary organizations in the state which work in HIV AIDS with the support of KSACS who have appointed HIV positive people to work among the affected community. The job of the coordinator is to establish a network of HIV positive people in all the 14 districts of the state. Malayalam superstar Mohanlal, who is the state's goodwill ambassador for an AIDS awareness campaign, was elated by the move. "Every individual in the society has to play his or her part to see that the stigma on HIV positive people is removed once and for all," he said. He said that it was refreshing to know that the government has reserved a job for the patients struck by the disease.”

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