An global team of experts from the World Health Organization has arrived in Pakistan to support the response to an outbreak of HIV in Larkana in Sindh province, Pakistan, at the request of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, according to a WHO press release. "We are expecting a 10-member rapid response team from the WHO and Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to arrive in a few days and we will be able to know the exact reason for the outbreak of the disease in Ratodero", Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services, was quoted as saying by the Dawn.
Sindh health minister Dr Azra Pechuho, the health secretary and other officials will accompany the WHO team. The screening was further expanded on May 8, with additional health workers being deployed and more camps being set up to facilitate the villagers.More news: Star 2020 WR recruit Fleming picks Buckeyes
As of Monday, 700 people including 576 children were tested positive for HIV since the outbreak was first reported on April 25.
"This poses a particular challenge".
In rural Sindh - long bridled by harsh poverty and illiteracy - access to information about HIV and other diseases has kept the large swathes of the population in the dark about how the virus is transmitted. Some 580 of them, around 84 per cent, are children and the remaining 127 are adults.More news: Celtic Celtic confirm Neil Lennon as new manager
"The team will work closely with the ministry of health and partners, including the Aga Khan University, Pakistan's Field Epidemiology & Laboratory Training Programme, UNAIDS and Unicef in Larkana", said the WHO spokesperson.
Larkana now has 4 established hospitals for the HIV treatments and several screening camps across the district.
The WHO experts will stay in Karachi today.More news: Frank Lucas, the drug lord who inspired American Gangster, dies aged 88
It is the first visit of an inspection team of World Health Organization of the HIV affected areas after an outbreak of HIV in the region.