KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Friday appreciated the Sindh government’s decision to set aside a Rs1 billion fund for the welfare of HIV infected patients. He also advised all other provinces to follow Sindh’s example.
In a tweet, he lamented the negative role of media to highlight selected stories and overlooking the incidents taking place in other provinces. He wrote that in Sindh, patients are mainly from one city while in Balochistan the number of reported cases was 300 and in Punjab, it was 2,800.
“This is a nation[al] issue. End the stigma. Save lives. #HIV,” he wrote.
Bilawal’s tweet came in response to a tweet by Murtaza Wahab, who announced that the Sindh cabinet has approved “Rs 1 Billion for the Endowment Fund being created for the welfare and well being of HIV affected patients.”
All provinces must follow Sindhs lead. Even though the media has only focused on one city in Sindh, with 300 children reportedly testing positive in Turbat Balochistan, to the 2,800 cases in just 5 districts of Punjab this is a nation issue. End the stigma. Save lives. #HIV https://t.co/n0rDY3uXKD
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) June 14, 2019