LARKANA: As many as 298 HIV/AIDS positive patients were detected and registered during 2015 at the HIV/AIDS Treatment & Care Centre established here since 2007. Out of these cases, 237 were males, 57 females, two children and 26 Eunuchs. The total number of registered HIV/AIDS positive patients at this centre has risen to 1034 till end of 2015.
The total number of positive patients who have so far expired since 2007 to 2015 is 97, out of which 18 lost their lives in 2015. Among them 15 are males and three women. PPI also learnt that 96 couples were also registered at this centre who are on Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART), while 79 have also been found suffering from Hepatitis C, seven from Hepatitis B and 31 patients from TB out of 1034. Out of these 1034, as many as 564 belong to Larkana district
These statistics shows that Larkana district still tops the list, 158 Kambar-Shahdadkot, 27 Shikarpur, 86 Khairpur Mirs, 18 Jacobabad, 12 Kashmore, 38 Sukkur, 10 Ghotki, 80 Dadu, seven Jamshoro, 14 Naushehro Feroze, six belong to Kalat (Balochistan), 11 Jafferabad, one each from Nasirabad and Karachi and out these cases so far 30 have defaulted and 604 are on HAART at the moment. As many as 549 positive cases are between 18-30 years age group, 277 from 31-40 years, 120 are 41-50 age, 30 between 51-60 years, ten 61-70 years, 32 below 18 years and 16 are children. These are indeed revealing figures for which Government will have to take concrete actions.
The Viral Load Test facility is not yet available at this centre which is must despite having so much number of patients which too was promised by the Sindh AIDS Control Program Manager Dr. Younis Chachar in a meeting held with Deputy Commissioner about six months back which proves that this centre is being treated worst than shoudhers due to which positive poor patients continue to suffer very seriously as they have to travel to Karachi for this test.
Associate Professor of Pathology Dr Ghulam Shabir Shaikh said that until and unless sex workers are not controlled, HIV/AIDS cases will continue to rise unhindered.