KARACHI: Since his son was diagnosed with HIV during an outbreak among babies and children, hard-up Shahzado Shar has often been forced to choose between food and medicine. The country’s largest HIV testing and treatment centre was established in the rural town of Rota Dero in the wake of the disaster, dishing out life-saving anti-retroviral drugs. Around 30 other children are also HIV positive in their small village of Subhani Shar, just a few kilometres from Rato Dero. Authorities blamed a single physician — a popular child specialist in Rato Dero — for causing the outbreak. ‘WE ARE DOOMED’:At Rato Dero’s HIV testing and treatment centre, patients sit facing a television screen churning out healthcare advice in the local Sindhi language.
Source: Pakistan Today June 14, 2021 07:18 UTC