Pakistan has at least 1,30,000 HIV AIDS patients

Pakistan has at least 1,30,000 HIV AIDS patients

HYDERABAD - Programme Manager AIDS Control Programme Sindh Dr. Muhammad Younus Chachar has expressed his satisfaction over the performance of the Programme and said that 46 HIV/AIDS Clinics and 56 test centres are working in various parts of the province to facilitate the patients.

In a briefing organized by AIDS Control Programme Sindh in collaboration with Hyderabad Press Club here at a local hotel on Tuesday, Dr. Muhammad Younus Chachar said that due to misconception, the numbers of HIV patients are also being counted with the patients of AIDS.

He said AIDS was a disease while HIV is a virus which converts into AIDS after passing its last stage.

HIV virus eliminates the immune system of the body resulting the eruption of hidden diseases and the virus can be diagnosed through symptoms of continuous throat itching, cough, fever or lose motions, he said and added that according to last survey, a total of 1,30,000 persons are the victims of HIV virus in Pakistan.

In Sindh, he informed that since 1995 till date, 15,147 cases were reported from different parts which included 14,908 HIV virus affected persons and 239 AIDS patients. In Hyderabad, only four persons are victims of AIDS disease and 545 are suffering with HIV virus, he added.

Besides Karachi, he informed that 46 AIDS clinic and 56 test centres of HIV virus have been engaged in providing treatment in various cities of the province including Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas and Larkana.

Among others, Dr. Sikandar Iqbal, Dr. Nazir Haider Shah and District Health Officer Dr. Aijaz Qadir also shared their views about the causes of HIV virus and AIDS diseases and precautionary measures for prevention.