No let up yet as AIDS cases jump to 445 in Ratodero


LARKANA: As many as 11,068 people from the general population have so far been screened out of which 445 have been detected positive for HIV in Ratodero, as well as its surrounding and nearby villages.

These cases include five that were detected by People’s Primary Healthcare Initiative (PPHI).

Out of these 445 cases, 89 are adults and 356 children. On Monday, as many as 1,984 people were screened at Ratodero Taluka Hospital camp out of which over 52 were found to be infected with the dreaded viral disease.

One screening camp was also organised at Miskhan Brohi village where 202 people were screened. These included 48 males, 31 females and 123 children; however, only one case was detected to be HIV positive.

Another camp was also established at Tayab village where 200 people were screened including 45 males, 36 females and 119 children but fortunately, none was detected to be HIV positive.

Meanwhile, a pediatric HIV ward is expected to be inaugurated by the provincial health minister on Tuesday at Children Hospital of Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana. The ward will consist of three rooms which have been snatched from the OPD block which will create lot of the problems for the patients of over eight districts who arrive here daily to get specialised medical treatment for their kids as this is the only hospital in entire Larkana division for children where post-graduate doctors are posted to work.

People from Balochistan, Dadu and other districts also come here for treatment which often entails over three children being accommodated on a single bed.