After HIV Aids outbreak in Sindh, now this disease is quickly spreading in Punjab’s five districts including, Faisalabad, Chiniot, Sahiwal, Jhang and Nankana. As per Faisalabad’s medical officials, the number of HIV-positive-registered patients in Faisalabad Allied Hospital has risen to 2,800.
Faisalabad Allied Hospital, under the Punjab AIDS Control Programme, is catering to HIV positive patients and providing services such as free treatment and guidance on protection from AIDS. Among the 2,800 HIV-positive-registered patients, a large number is of drug addicts.
Further, apart from men, there are women and transgender folks as well, sources said. An alarming surge in HIV cases has been witnessed in five districts of Pakistan’ Punjab province, with 70 to 90 cases being reported monthly at the main government health facility in Faisalabad city.
Earlier,in Larkana, HIV positive toll has been climbed to more than 500 hundred in just a month, according to unofficial estimates. Pakistan’s surging population also suffers the additional burden of having insufficient access to quality healthcare following decades of under-investment by the state, leaving impoverished, rural communities especially vulnerable to unqualified medical practitioners. According to some government reports, around 600,000 quack doctors are operating across the country and around 270,000 are practicing in the province of Sindh.
“The increasing refusal by individuals and communities to accept vaccination also needs to be actively addressed. While the committee understood that the recent elections and political transition may have adversely affected the delivery of the polio program, it is now essential that the new government renews its efforts, noting that the eradication program in the country is no longer on-track” World Health Organization had said in a statement.
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17 November, 2019