Minister terms HIV outbreak in Larkana a wake-up call

KARACHI, Jun 14 (APP):State Minister for National Health Services Dr. Zafar Mirza, here on Friday said the HIV outbreak in Ratodero must not be politicized and be taken as a wake-up call for the entire country.

Addressing a joint press conference, along with Sindh Health Minister, Dr. Azra Pechuho, WHO official Dr. Oliver Morgan and UNAIDS’ Dr. Eamonn Murphy, he said underlying causes of all blood-borne infections including HIV as well as Hepatitis B and C are not restricted to Sindh but are similar across the country.

This, he said equally holds true for all communicable diseases and hence needed concerted efforts to avert situation turning into emergency with major focus on prevention.

Dr. Mirza on behalf of Prime Minister, Imran Khan said the federal government stands with the people of Sindh and is committed to assist provincial authorities in addressing the challenge.