HIV/AIDS treatment centres in JPMC, ASH soon

KARACHI: Provincial Program Manager, Sindh AIDS Control Program (SACP), Dr Mohammad Younis Chachar, on Thursday said new HIV/AIDS treatment centre each will be established in the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Karachi soon, while seven such centres will also be set up in other major hospitals of Sindh province.

This he said while addressing an orientation session on topic: “Role of Media Profession in Prevention of HIV/AIDS in Sindh”, organized by Sindh AIDS Control Program in connection with the World AIDS Day to be observed on 1st December. Deputy Program Manager SACP Dr Farhat, Dr Qamar Abbas, and Dr Sikander Iqbal were also present.

Dr Chachar said SACP management had decide to establish nine more HIV/AIDS treatment and diagnostic centres across the province. He said those centres would be opened in Karachi and other parts of province soon.

He said management had also formed divisional and districts task force teams to devise strategy to control the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Sindh province through proper monitoring and surveillance. He said program management had started different awareness campaigns in collaboration with religious scholars, media persons and healthcare providers in order to increase the awareness level in the society.

Dr Sikander Iqbal of Sindh AIDS Control Program said 1,157 HIV/AIDS positive cases had been reported in year 2015 out of which 1,017 are male, 122 female and 18 transgender. He said AIDS Program had registered 9,107 HIV/AIDS positive cases since 2004 out of which 8,162 are male, 550 female and 41 transgender. He said a total of 304 people had died of HIV/AIDS since 2004, while 26 were expired this year so far.

He informed an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 HIV/AIDS infected people are living in Pakistan out of which 45,000 are in Sindh province. He informed that around 3500 million people are living with HIV in the world.

He said major high risk groups of HIV/AIDS prevalence are long distance truck drivers, female sex workers, transgender sex workers, men having sex with men (MSMs), injecting drug users (IDUs), jail inmates, children born to infected parent, street children and victims of unsafe medical procedures.