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63 Rohingyas infected with HIV: Nasim

Published : Thursday, 28 June, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 297

Sixty-three of the Rohingya people who have taken shelter in Bangladesh are HIV-infected patients, Health Minister Mohammed Nasim told Parliamenton Wednesday.
"Now there're 4,662 HIV-infected patients in our country. Of them, 63 are from the Rohingya community," he said replying to a tabled starred question from treasury bench MP Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury (Chattogram-12).
As of October 2017, 5,586 patients were detected with HIV positive and 924 of them have already died, the minister said.
Nasim said the government is now providing services to HIV-infected patients free of cost. The services include HIV test, free medicines and counselling.
Besides, different non-government organisations, national and international agencies provide services to HIV patients, he said.
The minister said the government has a plan to set up HIV Test Centres (HTC) in 23 prioratised districts, provide necessary basic trainings over HIV/AIDS and provide camp-based healthcare facilities.    -UNB

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