123 HIV positive cases detected in four months

LARKANA: As many as 123 new HIV positive cases have been detected in four months (25 in March 2016 alone) with effect from December 2015 to April 5, 2016 at the HIV/AIDS Treatment & Care Center Larkana and their number has increased from 1013 to 1136 which have been registered at the center.

This was revealed in a report of HIV/AIDS Treatment & Care Center established here since 2007. In 2016, as many as 102 new patients were registered out of which 88 were males and 14 females. Out of these 1136 cases, 880 are males, 187 females, 28 eunuchs and 16 children.

A total of 97 HIV/AIDS positive people have so far died by 2015 out of which 84 were males, 9 females, two eunuchs and two kids. Out of these 1136 patients, 78 were males and five were females infected with Hepatitis C and ten were suffering from Hepatitis B including one transgender.

At least 41 persons of these are also suffering from TB including five females and 88 more have been referred to TB DOTS program for further investigations. Larkana continues to top the list of HIV/AIDS positive cases as it has 604 registered patients, Kambar stands second having 164, Khairpur stands third with 99 cases, Dadu stands fourth having 97 positive cases, Shikarpur 37, Jacobabad 22, Kashmore 15, Sukkur 44, Ghotki 12, Jamshoro 8, Naushehro Feroze 14, Balochistan’s Kalat 6, Jaffarabad 11 and Nasirabad has only one patient. These out of area persons also come here to get themselves examined and for treatment.

Viral Load machine has not yet been supplied to this most vital center for which Program Manager Dr. Younis Chachar had promised due to which poor patients have to travel to Karachi for this text and most of them leave the treatment in mid because they cannot afford the cost of travelling and their number has also increased to 23. As many as 182 are intravenous drug users, 776 were infected due sexual transmission, 75 due to blood transfusion and 88 got HIV due to unknown reasons or perhaps through dental treatment from quacks, the report added.

This indeed is a red emergency alarm for the rulers to wake up quickly and start a massive awareness campaign among the populace or it will be too late as poor are already suffering from more dangerous viral disease called Hepatitis.