Fehmida calls for aware­ness drive to con­trol HIV

The Pak Banker - - 2na­tional -

ISLAMABAD: Act­ing Pres­i­dent Dr. Fehmida Mirza has called for a mass­sive public aware­ness cam­paign to con­trol spread of HIV/AIDS.

In her mes­sage on the World AIDs Day be­ing com­mem­o­rated on De­cem­ber 1, she said that ev­ery year mil­lion of peo­ple in the World are in­fected and die due to HIV/AIDS.

She said that this day pro­vide us an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate aware­ness among the masses about the fa­tal af­fects of this deadly dis­ease.

She said that AIDS was rapidly spread­ing in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries and ac­cord­ing to World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) 90% of new HIV/ AIDS cases were re­ported in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

She said through ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness, we would com­bat the deadly dis­ease.

She stressed the need for an ef­fec­tive global strat­egy for pre­ven­tion, treat­ment and care of HIV/ AIDS.

She also asked world donor agen­cies and de­vel­oped coun­tries to in­crease funds to fight against AIDs.

Fehmida Mi­raz said that the present demo­cratic set up was com­mit­ted to pro­vide max­i­mum health fa­cil­i­ties to masses and sub­stan­tial funds has been al­lo­cated in the cur­rent fis­cal year bud­get for this pur­pose.She said that all pos­si­ble mea­sures will be taken to con­trol AIDs in the coun­try.

She ap­pre­ci­ated the en­deav­ors of phi­lan­thropists, vol­un­teers and health work­ers for con­trol­ling and treat­ing HIV pa­tients. She also ap­pre­ci­ated the steps taken National AIDS Pro­gramme to con­trol HIV in the coun­try.

Fehmida Mirza asked for change of dis­crim­i­na­tory be­hav­ior of so­ci­ety to­wards the AIDS pa­tient. She asked the provin­cial health de­part­ments and National Aids Pro­gram to es­tab­lish treat­ment and di­ag­nos­tic cen­ters for HIV pa­tient and make ar­range­ments for train­ing for health work­ers deal­ing with AIDS pa­tients.

More­over, in con­nec­tion with the World AIDS Day, Sindh Health and Ed­u­ca­tion De­vel­op­ment So­ci­ety (SHEDS) has pre­pared dif­fer­ent pro­grammes to cre­ate aware­ness about HIV/AIDS among masses. -App

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