Parents of HIV children demand fulfillment of commitments

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RATODERO: The government has so far failed to establish treatment centers for children in Ratodero due to which HIV positive siblings are losing their lives and laps are being emptied gradually.

This was stated by Asadullah Soomro, uncle of HIV positive little girl, Alisha Soomro, who expired here yesterday while talking to newsmen on Thursday. He said: “Our family has four affected HIV children out of whom two are mine and two are of my brother’s. He said whenever they visited ART Center in Larkana for getting medicines in this scorching heatwave, they were always given two syrups and vitamin tablets and nothing else due to which Alisha expired and other children were also indisposed.

He said if proper treatment & drugs been given to Alisha, her life could have been saved. He said they both brothers were labourers and were earning daily to support their families. He said under these circumstances, how was it possible for them to take their children to Larkana and came back without getting any drugs which costed them more on traveling to & fro due to which their both families were suffering and facing severe hardships in this price hike era.

He said: “Being parents, we cannot see our children dying before our eyes. Tall claims were made by the rulers who visited our town that all the HIV positive children and adults will be provided required treatment, drugs and laboratory facilities at their doorsteps, but nothing had been done as yet which had resulted in a loss of precious human lives whose fault is none.” “We cannot afford the private medical treatment which is very costly. HIV positive children are also suffering from other co-infections treatment of which is also essential.”

He appealed to PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Faryal Talpur, who have been elected from this constituency as MNA & MPA respective, to immediately fulfill their commitments, arrange the establishment of a treatment center, laboratory and ensure availability of all required medicines so that lives of innocent little children could be saved.