LAHORE – At a workshop on HIV/AIDS prevention from parents to child transfusion (PPTCT) the Punjab AIDS Control Programme Director Dr Salman Shahid on Tuesday revealed that only 2 out of 25 children of HIV/AIDS-affected mothers have been tested positive for the disease.

While addressing the inaugural session of a three day training workshop  Dr Salman said that 25 children, of one and half months of age, of HIV positive mothers were tested and out of these 23 were not carrying the deadly virus.

Dr Salman Shahid apprised that in cooperation with UNICEF, PPCT has been established in six districts of Punjab including Lahore, Gujrat, Dera Ghazi Khan, Sargodha and Faisalabad. He emphasized that the basic purpose of conducting the workshop was to bring together all the doctors of four provinces and federal capital at a single platform to launch a joint struggle to combat the challenge of HIV/AIDS. He further said that World Bank was bearing 80 per cent of the cost incurred on AIDS Control Programme till 2010.He said that the Punjab government was meeting all budgetary requirements of the programme from its own resources. He said that necessary training was being imparted on doctors, nurses and lady health workers at district level. He said that 97000 persons have been affected by HIV/AIDS in Pakistan, out of which 28 per cent were women and 2 per cent children.

Dr Nasir from UNICEF, Dr Quaid Saeed from World Health Organization, Dr Jameel Ahmed Ch from UNFPA, Dr Nasir Khan, manager Balochistan AIDS Control Programme, Dr Rizwan Qazi from Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences Islamablad, Dr Rajool Khan, manager Aids Control Programme Khyber PK and Dr Azra Ghias Abro from Sindh also addressed the participants.

As many as 50 doctors from across the country are participating in the 3 day event.

Consumer gets compensation: A consumer court on Tuesday directed Jadoon & Company and Shipping Agent to pay Rs40,000 as damages to the petitioner for not delivering the parcel at the UK.

Petitioner Ahmed Nawaz told the court that  he sent a parcel containing eight suits valuing Rs20,000 to the UK but the company had failed to deliver it.

He told the court to direct the respondent to pay Rs 2,00,000 as damages.

The respondent in his written statement admitted that he booked the parcel and further contended that the parcel was delivered at the given address. After that no one appeared on the behalf of respondent.