Ban on sale of reusable injections sought to curb spread of HIV

05:29 PM | 6 May, 2019
Ban on sale of reusable injections sought to curb spread of HIV
LARKANA – An immediate ban on sale of reusable injections and safe blood transfusions was urged by stakeholders on Monday at the advocacy and coordination meeting of stakeholders to HIV outbreak response at Ratodero Taluka, a tehsil of Sindh's Larkana district.

The participants stressed on following SOPs for blood screen before blood transfusion, hospital waste disposal management and ensuring fresh, sterile syringes are used.

Under its strategy, the SACP has taken onboard a team of infectious diseases specialists from the MMIDSP and other experts to chalk out a short and long-term strategy to deal with the HIV outbreak with 157 confirmed cases (30 adults and 127 children).

The need to enhance capacity of healthcare workers, adherence to injection safety SOPs and the ways and means to implement such good practices was stressed.

Suggested interventions include taking community leaders and the media onboard to create awareness about HIV/AIDS as well as Hepatitis, TB and other infections.

The well attended moot – chaired by Commissioner Larkana Saleem Raza Khuhro and moderated by Special Secretary Public Health Sindh, Hafeezullah Abbasi – had DG Health Dr Masood Solangi, officials of the Sindh health department, National AIDS Control Programme, Sindh AIDS Control Programme in attendance. Members of the JIT, formed to investigate the case of HIV positive doctor alleged to be spreading the infection by reusing needles, were also present. The meeting was attended by representatives of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Society of Pakistan (MMIDSP), Dow University of Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, Indus Hospital, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, SBBMU, People’s Public Health Initiative (PPHI), Expanded Immunization Programme (EPI), LHWs, WHO, UNICEF, JSi/USAID, and UNAIDS.

The SACP was represented by its programme manager Dr Sikandar Ali Memon and deputy programme manager Saqib Ali Sheikh. The team of doctors that arrived from Karachi to conduct investigations includes Dr Fatima Mir, Dr Faisal Mehmood, Professor Rehana Siddiqi, Dr Shehla Baqi, Dr Sunil Dodani, Dr Azizullah Khan, Dr Zeeshan Ali and Dr Anwar.

Later, in a session with local media, medical experts urged that HIV reporting should be done in a humane an empathetic manner. The media was urged to help destigmatize the disease and respect the privacy of victims by not sharing the names, photographs and medical reports.


Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar, Euro, Pound and other currencies

Pakistani rupee remained stable against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.

Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – 3 December 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.15 287.95
Euro EUR 309.9 310.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 359.4 360.05
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.45 77.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.82 75.97
Australian Dollar AUD 187.72 188.22
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.94 767.94
Canadian Dollar CAD 209.99 210.49
China Yuan CNY 39.78 39.88
Danish Krone DKK 41.95 42.05
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.38 36.48
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.39 935.39
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 742.16 750.18
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.5 79.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 212.45 212.95
Swedish Korona SEK 27.09 27.19
Swiss Franc CHF 325.38 325.88
Thai Bhat THB 8.05 8.09

Gold prices increase in Pakistan; check out today gold rates in Pakistan - 3 December 2023  

The price of gold increased by thousands of rupees due to an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 3 December 2023

On Sunday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs219,800 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs188,450.

Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs201,482, 21 karat rate costs Rs192,325 and 18k gold rate is Rs164,850.

Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Sunday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Karachi PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Islamabad PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Peshawar PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Quetta PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Sialkot PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Attock PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Gujranwala PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Jehlum PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Multan PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Bahawalpur PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Gujrat PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Nawabshah PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Chakwal PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Hyderabad PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Nowshehra PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Sargodha PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Faisalabad PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730
Mirpur PKR 219,800 PKR 2,730


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