Following the request of Pakistan’s health Ministry, World Health Organization’s 10-members team of experts has arrived in Karachi to provide assistance to investigate and to control massive HIV outbreak in Larkana.
The WHO mission includes experts in emergency response management, epidemiology, HIV clinical care, and infection prevention and control from WHO staff as well as the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN).
So far, 700 HIV positive cases have been identified. 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,” said UNAIDS in a statement.
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