ISLAMABAD: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has accepted a request from Pakistan for assistance in the ongoing HIV crisis in Larkana, it is learnt on Sunday.
The WHO has decided to send a team of experts to Pakistan and also provide HIV diagnostic kits to the medics in the country. A 10-member team of WHO experts will land in Karachi on May 28, sources said.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister for National Health Dr Zafar Mirza had written a letter to the WHO and requested for immediately sending a team of experts to Pakistan to visit the areas affected by the HIV epidemic.
The prime minister’s aide in his letter asked the WHO to immediately provide 50,000 HIV diagnostic kits for the crisis-hit areas, adding that the HIV cases have reached to epidemic level in Larkana district.
“Around 500 infected patients are children between two years to 15 years of age,” the letter to WHO said.
The federal government has been in contact with the government of Sindh over the HIV crisis, the letter added.
Recently, Dr Zafar Mirza visited Sukkur and Larkana districts to review the situation in the crisis areas of the region.
Dr Mirza also held a meeting with Sindh’s Minister of Health Dr Azra Pechuho during his visit and discussed the situation related to the HIV outbreak and government’s measures to address it.