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SHIKARPUR - A new polio case was reported from Shikarpur district on Friday, taking the toll to four in Sindh in 2016.

An official at the Provincial Emergency Operation Centre confirmed that year's fourth polio case had surfaced in Village Jungal Khan Jatoi, Union Council Shabirabad, Taluka Khanpur, Shikarpur district. He said that 54-month-old Ashiq Hussain, son of Ghulam Muhammad Jatoi, has become victim of polio virus. He informed that victim's boy received 0+7+ OPV doses.

At total of nine polio cases have been reported across Pakistan in 2016, out of which four were detected in Sindh. Two were detected in Shikarpur, one each in Karachi and Jacobabad so far.  In 2015, a total of 54 cases of polio were reported in Pakistan out of which 12 were reported from Sindh while seven from Karachi alone.

63 HIV POSITIVE CASES IN JAILS

The Sindh AIDS Control Programme has successfully screened 6,372 prisoners detained in the jails; out of them 63 prisoners have been tested HIV positive in province-wide screening of inmates. Talking to media, Sindh AIDS Control Programme Manager, Dr Younis Chachar, said they had launched a province-wide screening of jails inmates about year ago and during this drive 6,372 prisoners were successfully screened. He said that 63 prisoners have been tested HIV positive.

 He said immediate treatment of these inmates is underway. He informed that the SACP management in coordination with jail authorities had screened the inmates across the province. He said 612 prisoners had been screened in Nara Jail Hyderabad, 2,000 in Central Prison Hyderabad, 35 in Women Jail Hyderabad, 68 in Juvenile Jail Hyderabad, 177 in Juvenile Jail Karachi, 33 in Women Jail Karachi, 500 in Central Prison Karachi, 1000 in Malir Prison Karachi, 548 in Central Jail Shikarpur, 51 in Women Jail Larkana, 17 in Darul Aman Larkana, 774 in Central Jail Larkana, while 320 people in Police Training Centre and 237 staff of these jails were also tested.

 According to the results, 63 prisoners are tested HIV out of which 42 belong to Malir Prison Karachi, 10 to Central Prison Karachi, six to Central Prison Hyderabad, two to Juvenile Jail Karachi and three to the NARA Jail Hyderabad. He said that 14 jails have been covered during this drive; however, province-wide screening of Sindh jail inmates is underway. He said immediate treatment of these HIV patients has already been started.