Rallies held in Larkana to mark World AIDS Day

Doctors participating in a rally held to mark World AIDS Day have said that the Sindh government had provided free treatment and medicines to HIV/AIDS patients, while four centres were working to treat HIV/AIDS in the Larkana district to free the country from AIDS by 2030.

The HIV/AIDS awareness rally was taken out in Larkana from Shaikh Zayed Women Hospital, which culminated at Jinnah Bagh on World AIDS Day.

The in-charge HIV/AIDS Treatment Centre, Larkana, Dr. Hola Ram, and Dr. Aneela Isran led the rally, which was also joined by Chandka Hospital Additional Medical Superintendent Dr. Gulzar Ahmed Tuinio, Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr. Hassan Ali Chandio, Prof. Shaista Shaikh, Dr. Saleemullah Shaikh, Prof. Fauzia Kashif, Dr. Shama Shah, NGOs and others.

The participants said that efforts were being made to tackle HIV/AIDS, and society should play its active role because AIDS treatment was now possible. They said, “Patients should use certified blood to prevent this deadly disease and be limited to their life partner.” They added that patients should always use new syringes, and hairdressers should always use new blades.

They further said that usage of sterilised tools while cutting teeth, ear and nose must be ensured. They said that if anyone had a constant fever for up to a month, they should contact local area doctors. Also, suffering from shortness of breath, weight loss, severe fatigue, memory impairment, mental stress were other symptoms, participants were informed.

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