CHENNAI : It may have been her last stop in Chennai, but it was apparently the one that Nancy Powell was most impressed with. The first woman US Ambassador to India paid a visit to the AIDS control unit at the Institute of Thoracic Medicine at Chrompet, before she left the city on Monday.
According to well-placed sources, Powell was very impressed with the functioning of such an “advanced and well-kept” ART centre within the unassuming buildings. “She was all praise for the way in which the state government as well as the private bodies such as APAC-VHS had managed to work together to curb the prevalance rate,” said the official.
After inspecting various HIV care centres within the premises, she held a round-table meeting with the doctors and functionaries of TANSACS and other bodies, who were present.
She said she had served in Kenya and Uganda, but the AIDS control programme here was far superior in the way they had gone about controlling HIV over the past twenty years, said another official.