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Panic Grips Larkana as 181 Children Tested Positive For HIV Virus


LARKANA– At least 215 HIV positive cases have been reported in the Ratodero district of Larkana and among those are 181 children who are aged between 2 and 12.

In-charge of the Aids Control Programme in Sindh Dr Sikander Memon told Geo News that over 5,000 people were screened for the virus.

The reason for the spread of the virus is being attributed to using a syringe more than once.

In the Dakhan area of Shikarpur, 300 people were screened for HIV out of which 6 tested positive. The total HIV impacted people in the area has risen to 13.

Last month, police arrested a doctor suspected to be responsible for the spread of HIV in Larkana’s Ratodero district. Police said Dr Muzaffar Ghanghar, an employee at a public hospital, is an HIV patient himself.

Dr Ghanghar has termed the allegation against him a conspiracy, adding he was not aware of his condition.

Larkana continues to top the list of districts most affected by HIV in Sindh, with the total number of AIDS patients in Larkana at more than 2,400.