98,000 Pakistanis suffer from HIV, AIDS, says Pak minister

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 20:42

Islamabad: Around 98,000 Pakistani nationals are suffering from HIV and AIDS across the country and the government has set up a number of treatment centres to deal with the situation, Pakistan’s parliament was informed on Wednesday.

Parliamentary Secretary on Health Mehreen Razaq Bhutto told the National Assembly or Lower House of parliament that the government has set up 13 centres for the benefit of those affected by HIV and AIDS.

One treatment centre has been set up at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad, and the government will take steps to facilitate the setting up of similar treatment centres if a request is made by district administrations, Bhutto said.
Lawmaker Donya Aziz suggested that the Labour, Health and Foreign Affairs Ministries should form a committee to ensure the scrutiny and checking of all individuals entering Pakistan for HIV and AIDS.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 20:42

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