WHO team arrives in Pakistan to investigate Larkana HIV outbreak
Karachi: A team of international experts from the World Health organization (WHO) arrived in Karachi on Tuesday to support the HIV response team in Larkana, Sindh.
The team came to Pakistan at the invitation of the Sindh government as it battles an HIV outbreak that has infected more than 500 children.
According to the Director General Health Dr. Masood Solangi, the team will travel to Larkana and meet with the team that is conducting screening tests, and also with other experts.
The WHO spokesperson has said that the team will ascertain the source of the outbreak and work towards containing it. They will also provide technical expertise for the screening teams, pediatric HIV treatment and family counseling. The team will also work with health department officials to ensure the supply of rapid tests and antiretroviral medicines for the patients.
The current outbreak has resulted in massive screening programs which have identified 700 HIV positive patients out of which 576 are children under the age of five.