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Report: 193 tested HIV-positive in 8 southern districts

  • Published at 12:50 pm September 30th, 2018

The report highlights that returning expatriates are a prime contributor to spreading the virus

According to a report released by a local volunteer organization, at least 193 people have tested HIV- positive in eight of the country's southern districts.

Among them, 84 (53 men and 31 women) have tested HIV-positive in Khulna district alone, while the other 109 are from the: Jhenidah, Gopalganj, Jashore, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Narail, and Magura districts. This is according to Mukto Akash Bangladesh (MAB) a volunteer organization workingon AIDS-related issues.

When contacted, Khulna Civil Surgeon Dr Abdur Razzak said that they cross-checked the findings released by MAB and corroborated them, reports UNB.

The report also said expatriates returning from foreign countries such as: India, Malaysia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and the USA, are the ones responsible for spreading the deadly virus in the districts.

No HIV virus was detected among sex workers of the district.

The number of deaths caused by the virus has been increasing rapidly in the southern districts, the report mentions. The worst-affected areas among the districts are Benapole, Chaugachha, and Khulna town, because the citizens of those areas frequently work in foreign countries, especially India, and carry the lethal virus back.

Sources at Khulna Medical College and Hospital said at least 31 HIV patients underwent treatment at the hospital this year, and three have died.

MAB Coordinator Rehena Begum said the organization is working on raising awareness among the public, regarding the deadly disease—as well as providing nutritional and medical support to HIV patients.