Pakistan: 607 Children Below 15 Years Affected With HIV in Sindh Province, Highest in South Asia
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Karachi, May 23: Pakistan financial crisis is not the only issue that Prime Minister Imran Khan government is worried about. Recent rising cases of HIV-cases and that too among children are one of the most surprising things that might haunt the ruling dispensation in Pakistan.

According to a report, published in BBC, more than 607 people - 75% of them being children - have been diagnosed with the virus in last one month. The maximum number of cases have been reported from Sindh province. Though the reason for this outbreak is yet to be ascertained, the health department is set several special camps to deal with the issue. Debt-Ridden Pakistan Revives Economic Team To Get Financial Support From IMF, Sacks Former Chief of Nation's State Bank. 

The most surprising point to be noted is that this is not the first outbreak to hit the region in recent years. Similar rumour prompted thousands of people to get tested back in Ratto Dero region in 2016. That time, 1,521 people were found to be HIV positive, says Sindh Aids Control Programme (SACP).

The finding of SACP had stated that those affected with HIV were mostly men. As the area was referred to be belonging to sex workers - mostly transgender, the association found out that 32 of them carrying the AIDS virus.

It is to be known that prostitution is banned in Pakistan, but the presence of quack in Larkana area of Sindh has given rise to this issue, believe SACP officials. Pakistan Economy Grows by Mere 3.3 Per Cent in 2018-19 Against Target of 6.2 Per Cent: Reports

With cases HIV cases rising in Pakistan, officials in Sindh - highest HIV infection rates in Pakistan - have set up an inquiry to identify causes of the outbreak. Since April 25, more than 18,418 people have been tested at the hospital camp in Ratto Dero. So far 607 of them have tested positive and three-quarters of them children between the ages of one month and 15 years.