One Pakistani district has nearly 700 HIV infections, suspected of using unsafe needles

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The Pakistani government said in the past two months, 681 people in Ratodero district – including 537 children aged 2 to 12 years – have tested positive for HIV, according to CNN.

Hazar Khan Seelro lives in the rural village of Allah Dino Seelro, where people live in mud huts, use cow dung as fuel to cook and transport goods on donkey cars, and people are afraid of getting sick. . Five family members of this 70-year-old man were infected with HIV.

“The villagers have stopped visiting us”, Seelro said. “They don’t even want to eat with us.”

According to Dr. Ramesh Lal Shetiya, medical director at the region’s main hspiotal, 21 people in the village of Allah Dino Seelro, with 1,500 people, were diagnosed with HIV in the past month. The level of education here is low and education about this disease is very small, meaning that many people do not understand how they are infected with HIV.

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The problems of this village are just the “floating part of the iceberg” in Ratodero district, a district of 330,000 people in Sindh province, southeastern Pakistan.

On May 26, the Pakistani government announced that in the past two months, 681 people in the district – including 537 children between the ages of 2 and 12 – have tested positive for HIV.

Pakistan – the sixth most populous country in the world with more than 200 million people – is facing an HIV outbreak, and experts blame the doctors for reusing needles across the country.

Although the Pakistani government has not clearly defined the cause of the outbreak, Zafar Mirza, Pakistan’s special assistant for health, said at a news conference in Islamabad on May 26: “This is a big problem in Pakistan when the syringe is being packed and resold”.