By Jamal Dawoodpoto
Ratodero: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari inaugurated HIV Treatment Support Center at Taluka Headquarter Hospital here on Wednesday.
He was accompanied by Ms. Christina Brugiolo, Chief Field Office, UNICEF, provincial health minister Dr. Azra Pechuho and others.
Later, addressing media persons, Bilawal said that PPP will support Maulana Fazal-u-Rahman’s Azadi March to bring an end to federal government.
Bilawal however commended Prime Minister Imran Khan’s efforts for defusing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia and said Pakistan will suffer losses if war erupts. He said visit of the British royal couple is also a welcome step.
PPP Chairman said that Sindh Government in collaboration with UNICEF and other donor organizations will have to find the root causes behind increasing number of HIV cases in the province. He said we are working on maintaining the standard of HIV treatment and short-term and long-term planning is also underway to wipe out HIV from the province.
Bilawal said that every child in Sindh will have to understand how he / she can protect herself / himself from HIV. He said HIV Centre will be an example for others and added that HIV is a serious global issue including Pakistan and all affected countries are continuously fighting to overcome HIV.
To a question, Bilawal said that it is the responsibility of the state to create job opportunities for the masses but unfortunately unemployment is increasing here in Pakistan every passing day. He said people are being rendered unemployed under a planned conspiracy.
To a question about outbreak of dengue and unavailability of Anti-Rabies Vaccines (ARV) in Sindh, Bilawal said that dengue and ARV are issues of entire country. He said for eradication of stray dogs Local Bodies Minister has prepared a plan.
Bilawal said that ‘we are contesting by-election on PS-11 against Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) and PTI supported candidate.’ He said only Maulana Fazal-e-Rahman can clarify JUI-F’s stance on PS-11 by-polls.
Earlier he visited the Center and met with patients. Tight security arrangements were made on the occasion.
It must be mentioned here that over 1119 HIV positive cases were detected up to 12th October in Ratodero since 25th April, 2019 when the screening was launched and 85% of them are little children.