958 more HIV cases detected in Ratodero

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958 more HIV cases detected in Ratodero

July 24, 2019

RATODERO:HIV positive cases continue to emerge at the screening camp established at Taluka Headquarter Hospital (THQ), Ratodero, as one positive case was detected here on Wednesday when 65 people were screened. The toll has climbed to 958 out of which 784 are children and 173 are adults. So far blood of 32,685 people among the general population has been tested in Ratodero since April 25 and its nearby villages. However, Sindh AIDS Control Program (SACP) claimed that no case was detected at at any outreach site of Banguldero, Lashari, Naundero, Pir Bux Bhutto and Garhi Yasin where 18 people came for screening.

Meanwhile, a team of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Sukkur, conducted a searching raid at the main medical store of Chandka Medical College Hospital and HIV/AIDS Treatment and Care Center on Wednesday. The team inquired about the availability and supply of drugs to the HIV/AIDS patients. CMCH Store Keeper Arif Abbasi, said that the NAB team wanted to check procurement of HIV/AIDS medicines and kits but they had no issue with CMCH main store.

On the other hand Dr. Hola Ram, Incharge of the HIV/AIDS Treatment Center said that team was informed that our drugs supply is transparent and based on biometric system. He said that he informed the team that drugs are supplied to the centre by National AIDS Control Program (NACP), Islamabad, which are given to over 2700 patients which are registered at the centre through biometric system. He said the team verified the record and left.

When Dr. Abdul Sattar Shaikh, CMCH Medical Superintendent, was contacted his both cellular numbers were found closed. Even his brother Dr. Irfan Shaikh, who is posted as Incharge ART Center in Chandka Children Hospital, did not respond to several calls and SMS sent to him to know the facts about NAB surprise raid and the availability of medicines for HIV positive children of Ratodero.

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