International team called over due to HIV/AIDS outbreak in Sindh

HIV/AIDS breakout in Sindh needs serious attention

Pakistan was considered as a country that had very low presence of HIV/AIDS but earlier this month there were several outbreaks of this disease within the province of Sindh where this disease started to spread allegedly due to an HIV positive doctor. Almost 56 more cases were suspected HIV positive following this case in Ratodero.

Addressing a press conference, Dr Zafar Mirza said that a team from World Health Organisation (WHO) and Centre for Disease Control (CDC) will be visiting Karachi in two to three days. The collective team of 10 people will visit the affected areas and conduct a thorough investigation regarding the causes behind the outbreak. SAPM said they’re hopeful to eventually find out the cause behind it.

Dr. Zafar Mirza said:

The recent spread of HIV/AIDS among children was either caused by unsafe injections or by a reason that was not yet known.

He mentioned that the spread of this disease could be due to blood transfusions or due to the usage of contaminated syringes however the proper cause behind it is unknown. It is a chronic disease where they need to take medicines for the rest of their lives hence medicines were being provided to all the affected patients.

Dr. Mirza said:

Our problem here is that HIV/AIDS is seen to be a big stigma

In the press conference it was also mentioned that Prime Minister Imran Khan would be making a “big announcement” in the next two weeks for health sector in the next two weeks.