UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.6223
TO BE ANSWERED ON 12.04.2017
SAARC TUBERCULOSIS AND HIV/AIDS CENTRE
6223. SHRI R.P. MARUTHARAJAA:
Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a) whether the Government proposes to offer financial assistance for upgradation of SAARC Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Centre (STAC) laboratory in Kathmandu and supply of medical equipment for the diagnostic centre at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health
in Kabul; and
(b) if so, the details thereof?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]
(a) & (b) Yes. In keeping with India’s announcement at the 18th SAARC Summit, held in Kathmandu in November 2014, to meet the shortfall in funds to establish the SAARC Regional Supra-national Reference Laboratory for TB and HIV, an amount of US$ 1.05 million
was made available through Embassy of India, Kathmandu, for upgradation of the laboratory at SAARC Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Centre(STAC), Kathmandu. The Centre is currently working towards upgradation of the existing laboratory.
Supply of medical equipment for setting up a Diagnostic Centre at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health in Kabul (Afghanistan) has been completed in March 2016 at a total cost of Rs. 21.03 crores.