In a shocking development, 18 new HIV cases were discovered by the Sind Aids Control Program during tests in the Larkana district.
The list of new cases included children up to the age of 16 months. There is a suspicion that the medical quackery behind the sudden outburst, and it will not be the first time.
Larkana is also said to be one of the Sind counties with the highest number of HIV / AIDS patients.
In total, Sindh had about 60,000 patients with HIV positive until August 2018, according to a report submitted by the National Health Services Bureau to the bench of three members of the Supreme Court.It was that month that the chief minister, Sayyid Murad Ali Shah, Prematurely declared that the Sindh government had successfully controlled the spread of HIV / AIDS through the use of effective ad drives.
However, in November 2018, a total of 889 new HIV cases were reported in the county in only six months time frame.
Similarly, the number of HIV-infected patients increased to more than 5,000 by the end of last year in Baluchistan. According to the NHS report, there are about 150,000 HIV-positive patients in Pakistan: 75,000 in Punjab; 15,000 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.In Sargodha alone, which has been in the news for several outbreaks of HIV / AIDS, 869 people were diagnosed with the condition at 10 the last years.
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Health and health issues are a low priority on the national agenda, but federal and provincial governments must address HIV outbreaks as a health emergency, and act swiftly against malpractice suspected of being behind the rise in HIV / AIDS.
Without proper attention and intervention, the emergence of HIV can develop in full cases of AIDS, one of the most miserable conditions a person can tolerate.
The reasons for the high figures of HIV / AIDS in this country include unlicensed physicians, or quacks, and medical malpractice on a large scale using used syringes (which also leads to the spread of other blood diseases, including hepatitis B and C) and unsterilised medical tools.
In addition, unsafe blood transfusions, contaminated street razor blades, an open sex migrant labor force, a lack of awareness of safe sexual practices, and a taboo surrounding sexual health and practices that make it difficult for those with HIV / AIDS to seek help or even find Support group are also responsible for the rise of HIV / AIDS.
Published at Dawn, April 24, 2019