Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the utilization of ART Centre Services of a teaching hospital

Authors

  • Rashmi Bhujade Uttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences, Saifai, Uttar Pradesh
  • Anupama Srivastva Sarojini Naidu Medical College, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
  • Renu Agrawal Sarojini Naidu Medical College, Agra, Uttar Pradesh https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9189-0816
  • Anil Baghel Government Medical College, Dungarpur, Rajasthan https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9241-7433

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47203/IJCH.2024.v36i02.005

Keywords:

Pandemics, HIV Infections, impact of COVID-19 pandemic, Utilization of ART services

Abstract

Background- COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the collateral health system. It made access to essential health services difficult. Such an essential service is a service provided to HIV patients. This study was planned to assess the effect of the current COVID-19 pandemic on Anti-Retroviral therapy (ART) center services. Methods -Pre-recorded epidemiological data from an ART center of a teaching hospital was used to answer the research question. Data was collected for retrieving 4 parameters i.e. number of registrations, number of HIV-positive patients kept on ART, number of deaths, and loss to follow up of the COVID-19 year and non-COVID-19 year then comparison was made between both. Data analysis was done with the help of SPSS. Independent t-test, one-way ANOVA test, and multiple comparison Tuckey’s test were applied. Results- Statistically significant difference was noted in the total number of registrations, the number of patients kept on ART, death, and loss to follow-up in non- COVID-19 & COVID-19 years.  After appling above mentioned statistical test the p-value came out to be <0.05. Conclusion-COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected the auxiliary non-COVID-19 health services and health programs. The current study gives evidence that ART functioning is negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2024-04-30

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Bhujade R, Srivastva A, Agrawal R, Baghel A. Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the utilization of ART Centre Services of a teaching hospital. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2024 Apr. 30 [cited 2024 Jul. 24];36(2):180-7. Available from: https://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/2635

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