18 AIDs cases in total detected in Takhar
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): At least two new Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) cases have been detected in in northern Takhar province, taking the total number of patients infected to 18, health officials said on Thursday.
The officials expressed concerns that patients with lack of knowledge about the deadly disease of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) could spread among families.
Dr. Hafizullah Sapi, provincial health director, said two individuals a male and a female diagnosed with the disease were the residents of Rostaq and Darqad districts.
He said the HIV positive man had lost his life in Takhar prison and they were searching for his family members. According to Sapi, he was imprisoned in Tajikistan and was later transferred to Takhar to complete his jail term.
“We are worried about the health of his other family members. But he never gave us a proper address. He was also addicted to drugs,” Sapi recalled.
About the second case, he said, a woman in Sarqand district was found positive during medical check up. She had four children as well. “We want her other family members checked,” he said.
According to Sapi, the disease spread to other parts of the province from Iran, Tajikistan, Saudi Arabia and other countries.
HIV/AIDS is a viral and non-curable disease and spread after sexual intercourse, tainted injections, and barber’s instruments.
He also said Takhar civil hospitals did not have facilities for HIV AIDs test and the addicted patients of this virus should go to other places for laboratory test and treatment.
Sapi added no medicine has been created so far to eliminate HIV AIDs virus and it is a non-treatable illness. He, however, said there was one unit in Kunduz hospital on zone level where this virus could be tested.
According to Sapi the HIV AIDs virus destroy the anti-body system in human body and then pave the way for other dangerous diseases such as fever and ultimately cause the death.
Dr. Mir Karimullah Zia, head of a foreign NGO, said they dispatched special teams to the district health centres to take blood samples of other individuals for check up.
He said with the repatriation of refugees such life threatening diseases entered Afghanistan. The official termed the spread of HIV AIDs dangerous and urged for preventive measures.
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