BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) Gilgit-Baltistan on Wednesday held a session with journalists, raising their awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention.
The session was held at Gilgit Press Club where more than a dozen journalists attended the session. PRCS officials briefed the mediamen about the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
“PRCS focuses on reducing stigma and discrimination, reducing myths & misconceptions at various levels” said a press release, quoting PRCS Coordinator Ali Sher. Sher delivered detailed presentation in the press club.
He said that through HIV/AIDS program PRCS was targeting the population which is at the highest risk of being infected.
Those include intravenous drug users, male and female sex workers, border traders, jail inmates and migrant workers.
PRCS Provincial Health Officer Dr. Muhammad Younas said that the National Aids Control Program identified four HIV/AIDS patients in Gilgit-Baltistan, who are under treatment in a private hospital at Lahore, thanks to funding from an NGO.He said the department faces hardships due to resource constraints and lack of funding.
Dr. Younas urged the journalists that they should pressure local authorities to arrange blood testing service in hospitals in the larger interest of the people.