The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Mon­day, July 29, 1991 — The District Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer for Beit­bridge, Dr Daniel Othol, has ex­pressed con­cern at the rapid spread of the HIV virus in the area and has blamed this on in­ter­na­tional truck driv­ers who spend nights in the bor­der town in tran­sit to South Africa.

In an in­ter­view last week, Dr Othol said most pa­tients com­ing for treat­ment at the Beit­bridge District Hospi­tal were tested HIV pos­i­tive.

“In a week we re­ceive three to four cases of pa­tients test­ing HIV pos­i­tive, a fig­ure which is a ma­jor cause of con­cern,’’ said Dr Othol. He said the virus was mainly found in tu­ber­cu­lo­sis pa­tients.

“We are con­stantly ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple on the haz­ards of ca­sual sex but it ap­pears that our words are fall­ing on deaf ears be­cause the num­ber of peo­ple suf­fer­ing from sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases has gone up in­stead of down,’’ added Dr Othol.

Since the be­gin­ning of the year the district hospi­tal recorded four Aids deaths, a fig­ure which Dr Othol said was not a clear re­flec­tion of what was hap­pen­ing as many peo­ple who were be­lieved to be suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease died at their homes.

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