Sindh extends Sindh AIDS Control Program for one yearSeptember 3, 2014
Karachi: Sindh Government has extended the Sindh AIDS Control Program (SACP) for one year after completion of earlier PC-1 period of three-year time from 2011 to 2014, said Monitoring & Alleviation Officer Sindh AIDS Control Program Dr Aftab Ahmed on Thursday.
He said Provincial Government has extended the Sindh AIDS Control Program from 30th June 2014 to June 2015, while PC-1 of further three-year extension from 2014 to 2017 has been forward to authorities concerned for approval and this summery is under consideration.
He said Sindh AIDS Control Program efforts had brought positive change in society as hidden cases HIV/AIDS have started being reported in the centers. He said around 761 HIV positive cases have been reported in the year 2014. He said AIDS Program started in 1995 and has registered 3,142 HIV/AIDS positive cases so far out of them 1233 HIV positive patients provided treatment in centers.
He said major high risk groups of HIV/AIDS prevalence include long-distance truck drivers, female sex workers, transgender sex workers, men having sex with men (MSMs), injecting drug users (IDUs), jail inmates, children born to infected parents, street children and victims of unsafe medical procedures.
Dr Aftab explained HIV virus takes five to ten to transform into AIDS. He said AIDS Program has expended the circle of diagnostic centers thorough the Sindh province and currently five centers have been providing treatment and diagnostic facilities in province. He said administration is running 45 diagnostic clinics in the province for timely diagnosing and control further prevalence of disease.
He said CD-4 test facility would be started soon in Larkana as number of HIV patients have to travel for Karachi for this test. He said five new diagnostic centers would be established soon across the province with the approval of PC-1. He said Sindh AIDS Program has started different awareness campaigns in the collaboration of religious scholars and healthcares providers in order to increase the awareness level in the society.
He urged the people always use auto disable syringes to avoid AIDS and other infectious diseases. He said only prevention is best treatment in HIV/AIDS. He said organized and comprehensive prevention efforts are required to control the ratio of this disease at an early stage.
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