Minister opens HIV/AIDS treatment centre
LAHORE – Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Khawaja Imran Nazir inaugurated HIV/AIDS free treatment, counseling and diagnostic centre in Chiniot on Thursday.
He also performed ground-breaking of installation of hospital waste incinerator at District Headquarters Hospital.
The minister, stressing the need for the dedicated facility, said: “The decision to set up an HIV/AIDS centre at Chiniot was taken amid reporting of HIV/AIDS in the suburbs of Chiniot, following the mass screening conducted in health week, organised by the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Punjab.”
The minister said, “After the discovery of these cases, as an immediate measure, the patients were put on treatment at Allied Hospital, Faisalabad. It was realised that in order to facilitate the patients and ensure treatment adherence, a centre in the nearest vicinity must be established.”
Program Director Dr Zahida Sarwar elaborated the technical details of Hospital Waste Management protocols. Kh Imran Nazir said that currently 14 treatment and 11 HIV/AIDS counseling centres were working under the auspices of Punjab AIDS Control Program throughout Punjab, with addition of Chiniot, the number had risen to 15.
The Punjab AIDS Control Program has so far carried out testing and screening of more than 47,000 jail inmates. The program has also set up camps across 20 cities in Punjab for truck and bus drivers, screening more than 22,000 bus/truck drivers. Moreover, Asia’s first transgender specific clinic has also been set up at Fountain House, Lahore.
The event was attended by Deputy Commissioner Chiniot Ayub Jhan Baloch, District Nazim Chiniot Saqlain Sajanka, Chief Executive Officer DHA Chiniot Dr Munir Ahmed Malik, Program Director PACP Dr Asim Altaf, Program Director Hepatitis Control Program, Dr Zahida Sarwar, MS DHQ Chiniot Mushtaq Bashir Akif and notables of the area.