Pakistan HIV campaigners urge tighter border controls with India

by NO_AUTHOR | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 29 December 2009 09:54 GMT

From Darhoon Menghwar

Hyderabad Sindh, Pakistan - Anti-HIV campaigners have urged tighter controls on people entering Pakistan from India, which is said to have the highest HIV/Aids rates in South Asia.

Doctors, human rights activists and journalists attending an HIV/Aids workshop organised by local NGOs in Hyderabad, Sindh province, east of Karachi, singled out the border crossing points at Waugha and Khokhrrapar and said Indians crossing into Pakistan should be tested for HIV.

Tayaub Hussain, a member of parliament, told the workshop he would seek a new law on HIV testing of foreigners entering Pakistan. India already had such a law, he said.

Anti-HIV campaignerss criticised Pakistan’s Aids Control Authority for failing to hold any state public activities to mark World Aids Day on December 1.  They said there was too little public awareness of the problem in Pakistan.



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