LAHORE - Punjab Health Department is implementing a comprehensive plan under AIDS control programme for creating awareness to prevent the deadly disease besides providing diagnostic as well as treatment facilities for HIV/AIDS patients. For this purpose Rs 55 million are being spent in the current fiscal year. Provincial Coordinator for Punjab AIDS Control Programme Dr Salman Shahid told that mostly the addicts and the people involved in sexual perversion were the easy target of HIV/AIDS. Punjab AIDS Control Programme was running six volunteer consultancy and diagnostic centres, 13 surveillance centres and six treatment centres where 541 AIDS patients were being provided treatment facilities. He said that the Punjab Health Department had installed incinerators in 18 district headquarter hospitals of Rahim Yaar Khan, Attock, Lodhran, Bahawalnagar, TT Singh, Jhang, Narowal, Hafiz-abad, Mandi Bahauddin, She-ikhupura, Mianwali, Khu-shab, Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Jehlum, Chakwal, Okara and DG Khan. Except Okara and DG Khan all other incinerators are functional whereas, the remaining two will also become functional soon. He informed that the hospital waste of teaching hospitals of Lahore was being burnt through the incinerator of Children Hospital Lahore. Dr Salman Shahid disclosed that there were hundreds of private hospitals and thousands of private clinics across the province producing hospital and clinical waste which was a hazard for human life. The Health Department is working on a strategy to bring these hospitals and clinics into the same network but there is need for consolidated efforts to control the infectious diseases for which the other concerned departments should also play their role for checking the hospital waste.