Ratodero, Sindh: As many as 11 pregnant women of Larkana city have been found HIV positive between 2011 and2013 who are under treatment, said medical expert Dr. Aneela Isran addressing to a seminar held at Shaikh Zayed Hospital for Women on Monday with the cooperation of UNICEF to mark the World AIDS Day.
The participants also made awareness among the women who had arrived at the OPD of the only women Hospital of upper Sindh and distributed pamphlets among them highlighting how to prevent from HIV/AIDS.
The participants also included Prof: Dr. Rafia Baloch, Head of Gynaecology & Obstetrics of Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Dr. Shaista Abro and others.
Dr. Isran further revealed that as many as 1350 HIV positive patients are present in Larkana, most of them are IDUs and sex workers including eunuchs.
She said that men working abroad often carry this virus from their working places and their wives go infected with the disease. She is said that HIV ratio in Larkana is constantly rising. She said that keeping in view the population of Karachi the HIV/AIDS positive cases are low but keeping in view the population of Larkana the HIV/AIDS positive cases are too much which is alarming and the authorities must take action now or it will be too late.
Dr. Aneela Isran said the Intravenous Drug Users (IDUs), sharing same syringe, are a big danger and they are spreading the virus faster than other sources. She blamed sex workers are playing their part in spreading this disease.
The number of registered HIV/AIDS positive cases has gone over 450 at the HIV/AIDS Treatment Center of Larkana which is the second biggest center after Karachi where large number of affected patients is registered.
Dr. Rafia Baloch said that awareness will certainly bring positive results which must be made effective through District Health offices for which the Director General Health Services Sindh will have to play positive role. She urged the concerned authorities to strictly check the spread of this disease so that people can be saved.
In 2011, 12 out of 80 Thalassaemia children were found HIV positive when the authorities tested the children who are getting unscreened blood from the illegal Blood Banks operating in Larkana district against SBTA rules, the moot was told.