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Survey shows presence of 600 Aids patients in Malakand

Speakers at a conference here on Wednesday said that according to a survey there were 600 patients of HIV/Aids in Malakand division.

They said that there were thousands of unregistered Aids patients. They stressed the need for taking concrete precautionary measures against Aids.

The two-day conference on causes and consequences of HIV/Aids was opened at University of Malakand to investigate the socio-cultural causes and consequences of the disease.

The conference was funded by Higher Education Commission under a thematic project, awarded to Dr Arab Naz, the chairman of department of sociology at the university.

Speakers at conference call for precautionary measures against the disease

The students, faculty members and delegates from other universities attended the opening ceremony of the conference chaired by UoP Vice-chancellor Dr Rahmat Ali Khan. Other guests included Dr Rashid Ahmad, dean of social sciences, Dr Hafeezur Rehman Chaudhry from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Dr Waheed Chaudhary from Quaid-i-Azam University, Dr Basharat Hussain, the chairman of criminology department at University of Peshawar and former DEO Dr Mohammad Rahman Shaheen.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Arab Naz said that a survey conducted by a reputable organisation showed that there were 600 HIV/ Aids patients in Malakand division while there were thousands of unregistered patients. He said that the disease had not only medical or physical effects but also had social and cultural consequences.

Dr Arab Naz said that the disease was fast spreading. However, he expressed his satisfaction over the interest of the scholars in investigating HIV/Aids. “Scholars from other countries have submitted their research papers for presentation,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rahmat Ali Khan thanked all the delegates and congratulated the faculty of social sciences for arranging the conference. He said that Aids was a threat to human and it severely affected quality of life.

Other speakers asked youth, especially students, to take precautionary measures to save themselves of the disease. They said that people should follow the Islamic way of life in their social contacts.

VISIT: MPA Izazul Mulk Afkari along with Samar Bagh tehsil nazim Saeed Ahmad Bacha and other councillors on Wednesday visited Gujro village in Jandol area and announced Rs5 million for construction of a road there.

The villagers had held a protest rally the other day for resolution of their problems.

Sadbar Kallay village nazim Waheedullah informed the MPA and tehsil nazim that there were no road, electricity, girls school and drinking water facilities in the area.

The MPA said the government wanted to provide all basic facilities to people of remote areas but funding had been one of the hurdles. He promised to solve problems of the villagers and announced Rs5 million for the road.

Reporter. Survey shows presence of 600 Aids patients in Malakand. Dawn, April 6, 2017.

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