WHO will now investigate HIV in Sindh

Henrietta Strickland
June 1, 2019

Ratdodero is only witnessing more numbers of HIV infected people but other parts in Pakistan are also infected, says Salahuddin. Out of the affected 537 are between the ages of 2 to 15.

The petitioner contended that the SHC should ask the government to explain the around six years of delay in the setting up of the commission, which will comprise health officials and stakeholders from the civil society.

"Led-by Oliver Morgan, Director of Health Emergency Information and Risk Assessment, in the Health Emergencies Programme of WHO, a 12-member global team comprising experts from CDC Atlanta, Georgia, Unicef and Unaids is landing today in Karachi to investigate the root cause of the latest HIV outbreak in Ratodero area of Larkana", an official of the WHO told The News worldwide.

The CDC is a leading public health institute in the U.S. and works with several public health institutions in Pakistan. HIV infection spreads mainly due to transfusions of unscreened blood, unprotected sex, or injections.

Ghangharo was arrested this month after hundreds of people tested positive for the virus. The Health department, WHO and the United Nations partner teams are very eager to work together to eradicate HIV and provide treatments to the affected population as soon as possible. He said that the number of reported HIV cases in Pakistan was much lower than the actual number of cases.

There are around 170,000 registered HIV infected people in Pakistan, according to the National AIDS programme in the capital Islamabad.

The United Nations has assured Pakistan that the worldwide community will help ascertain the source of the recent HIV outbreak and work with local authorities to curb it. "Our problem here is that HIV is seen as a big stigma".

Nisar Ahmed, the father of one of the affected baby girls aged just one, said: "We are told to go to Larkana for medicine". According to a United Nations report, Pakistan now has the second-fastest growing rate of HIV in Asia, with about 20,000 new infections in 2017 alone.

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