A total of 744 HIV/AIDs cases have been reported in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, in which Peshawar District is the most vulnerable with 75 patients, whereas 98,000 people are affected by the disease in the country.
This was stated by Dr Talawat Afridi, Coordinator Hayatabad Medical Complex, while speaking at a seminar regarding awareness of HIV/AIDs held under the auspices of Sarhad University of Science & Information Technology here on Wednesday. Registrar Mohammad Nasir, faculty members and students were also present.
Dr Talawat Afridi said that more than 98,000 HIV/AIDs cases have been detected under the Aids Eradication Programme in the country, adding that patients are being provided free medical treatment and medicines.
He said the most AIDs cases had been reported in Bannu District, but the ratio has declined with the passage of time. There were 30 AIDS cases in Khyber Agency, 60 in Kurram Agency, and 100 Afghan refugees.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 12th, 2011.