Bukhari Blood Bank screening: 65 HIV positive cases detected in six months


LARKANA: Out of 24,940 blood screening cases carried out during 1st January 2014 to June 31, 2015 by Bukhari Blood Bank, Larkana, 1302 were reactive or found positive. Out of these 1302 cases, 65 were HIV positive, 512 HBV, 696 HCV, 16 Syphilis positive and 13 Malaria cases. The donors were found suffering from these killer diseases and all of the poor donors were unaware of their ailments as they had come to donate blood for the their loved ones for their different operations.

According to breakup, out of 7501 blood samples screened as many as 216 Hepatitis C and 166 Hepatitis B cases were detected by Bukhari Blood Bank operating in Shaikh Zayed Hospital for Women of Chandka Medical College Hospital during 2014. In all 382 donors were found suffering from this deadly disease and all of them were unaware of their ailment. It is more astonishing that 22 cases were also found carrying HIV and three were detected as suffering from Syphilis and two were found suffering from Malaria.

During the same period their CMCH Teaching Block branch screened as many as 9212 blood samples out of which 213 were suffering from HBV, 262 from HCV, four Syphilis positive and five Malaria positive cases were also found.

Likewise, out of 4569 blood screening cases from January to June 2015, 182 were either suffering from HBV or HCV and 10 were found HIV positive, seven Syphilis positive and four were detected Malaria positive cases in their Teaching Block branch. Out of these 182 cases, as many as 113 were suffering from Hepatitis C and 69 from Hepatitis B. In their Shaikh Zayed Hospital branch as many as 3658 cases were screened during January-June 2015 out of which nine were found HIV positive, 64 HBV, 105 HVC, two Syphilis positive and two Malaria positive cases were detected.

In all, out of 24940 blood screening cases carried out during 1st January 2014 to June 31, 2015, 65 HIV positive cases were detected along with 512 HBV, 696 HCV, 16 Syphilis positive, and 13 Malaria cases were found suffering from these killer diseases and all of the people were unaware of their sufferings. These people has come to donate blood for their loved ones, relatives or friends during their various operations and belonged to Larkana division and other adjoining districts.

According to a WHO report, 4000 people die daily in the world due to Hepatitis, which need to be prevented. District Health Officers'(DHOs) job is to prevent the spread of deadly disease but none of them can claim to have prevented any killer disease during their tenure. Will Sindh government open its eyes now for the benefit of their own poor people.