Dharmshala: With the target of extending HIV testing facilities, the states health department has invited expression of interest (EOI) for establishing accredited labs under the private public partnership (PPP) mode.
The labs to be set up in the private sector would have to follow NACO guidelines and would run the facility after entering into a MoU with the HP AIDS Control Society for HIV counseling and testing.
Such private integrated counseling and testing centres (ICTCs) would be NACO certified and government recognized.
This NACO initiative for capacity building and accreditation, will lead to quality assurance about HIV testing in private sector in the state, said Sud.
Currently there are 49 ICTCs being run by the government in Himachal and 50 more integrated ICTC are to be added in collaboration with National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).