HYDERABAD: Chief Gynaecologist CDF Hospital and Consultant Aga Khan and Ghani Hospitals Hyderabad, Dr. Sajda Muneer Siddiqui has called upon the organisations, NGOs and community to participate in combating the HIV/AIDS menace in the district.
Talking to APP here on Monday on the occasion of World AIDS Day, Dr. Sajda Muneer Siddiqui said that it is high time to adopt a strategy against this deadly disease for which each organisation, NGO and individual was equally responsible.
She said that in addition to providing regular medical facilities to the people, the Sindh Government has decided to prepare a plan of action against HIV/ AIDs and to implement it with the collaboration of organisations, NGOs and the community.
She informed that the strategy would be to control the behavioral risk factors responsible for spread of HIV/ AIDS in the society and to monitor on HIV prevalence through detective methods and organisational performance so that this menace could be combated through scientific methods.
Dr. Sajda Muneer Siddiqui said that this disease has created a dangerous situation in the society. She said that Injection Drug Users (IDUS) were the main cause in the spread of HIV/AIDS in the society, besides the factors of immigration, sexual inter action, re-use of syringes and transmission of infected blood were also responsible for this disease and added that such practice must be cared through different methods to prevent AIDS.
She said that sexual violence denied women the choice to control sex and reproduction and it severely affected women physically, psychologically and mentally.
She said that young women were subjected to various forms of violence at their workplace and educational institutions.
Dr. Sajda Muneer Siddiqui said that the people suffering from AIDS could not be denied basic human rights and it was the duty of the government to provide justice to such people.
It was difficult to prevent the virus from spreading if human rights were not promoted, she said, and asserted that lack of medical treatment, nutrition, shelter and income added to the vows of such people.
Dr. Sajda Muneer Siddiqui said that prevention is better than cure. The gynaecologist informed that different HIV Positive patients have been detected among the different segments of the society of Hyderabad district which included youth, clients with sexually transmitted infections, people living with HIV/ AIDS, industrial workers, cart vendors, mini-taxi drivers, auto-rickshaws drivers, mechanics and general adult population.
Dr. Sajda Siddiqui said that the number of HIV Positive patients could even higher in the city, but due to lack of awareness and illiteracy, the people both in urban and rural parts avoid undergoing the required test.
She said that the lack of awareness and illiteracy is restricting the people in Pakistan from undergoing HIV/AIDS tests and adopting required medical treatment to counter the disease.
About the detection of maximum number of HIV/AIDS cases in Sindh, Dr.
Sajda said that it is because of better surveillance system being carried out in the province.
She said that the transmission of deadly HIV virus could be prevented and added the AIDS is a deadly disease and can be transmitted from one person to another.