The number of AIDS patients in the country is increasing day by day. The number of new patients and deaths in a year also exceeded records. This year, 266 people have died and the number of confirmed cases is 1 thousand 276. A total of 10,984 AIDS patients have been diagnosed in the country, but about 28 percent are still undiagnosed, through whom experts see a high risk of transmission.
The Department of Health organized a program in Mahakhali on the occasion of World AIDS Day. It was attended by officials of the Directorate, NGO workers from all over the country and health workers working on AIDS.
National Tuberculosis, Leprosy and AIDS Control Program Line Director Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman Govt. He said that Dhaka has the highest number of AIDS patients in the country at 342 this year. Besides, 246 people have been identified in Chittagong and 175 in Rajshahi.
Line Director of National Tuberculosis, Leprosy and AIDS Control Program Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman Sarkar said, ‘The number of people who take intravenous drugs is high. If one of the drug users has it, then through a single syringe or injection, the AIDS virus will enter the body of all. We all have to be careful about this.’
The detection rate of AIDS patients in the country is 72 percent, and another 28 percent are out of treatment. Those who are undetected are at greatest risk of transmission, experts say.
Additional Director General of the Department of Health Professor Dr. Ahmedul Kabir said, ‘It is important to test and identify AIDS. AIDS can be cured through treatment. By doing this, infected people will not be able to spread.
Director General of the Department of Health Professor Dr. ABM Khurshid Alam said, ‘No exemption should be given in the case of disinfection of items that are used repeatedly. Then the possibility of innocent people also being affected remains.’
According to the report, 850 men and 278 women among the affected Bangladeshi citizens this year. The remaining 158 are displaced Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar camps, about whom officials expressed concern.