LARKANA: Nine new HIV positive cases were detected in Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) Larkana on Thursday.
CMCH Larkana MS Dr Javed Ali Shaikh told media that five HIV positive cases were found in eye department patients. Their blood screening disclosed that they were carrying the viral disease, among them was a child.
Four more patients were found with this disease during blood screening camp organized by Sindh Aids Control Programme on Wednesday evening at Jinnah Bagh roundabout to make awareness about the disease. Shaikh said that their blood samples had been sent to Karachi for further confirmation. He said that during a meeting with MNA Faryal Talpur at Bhutto House, Naundero, in which SBTA Secretary Dr. Zahid Ansari, SACP Manager Dr. Younis Chachar, Commissioner Inamullah Dharejo and he himself participated, all informed her that massive crackdown must be initiated in entire Sindh especially in Larkana division against illegal blood banks and laboratories.
FIRs must also be registered under SBTA Act against the operators and owners to prevent further spread of HIV & Hepatitis. He said it had further been decided that all patients needing operation or blood transfusion at CMCH shall henceforth be fully screened before the procedure. Dr. Javed further said that it had also been decided that all students of schools, colleges, policemen, prison cops and jail inmates will also be screened in the whole division.
He said that it was presumed that 5000 to 8000 HIV positive cases were present in Larkana district alone which needed to be found for treatment to stop further spread of this dreaded disease. The number of registered patients had increased from 1329 to 1373 as on October 20 at the HIV Treatment & Care Center of Larkana and this home district of martyred Bhutto leaders continue to top the list as its 680 patients are registered at the center currently.