TOBA TEK SINGH: Seven of the new tuberculosis (TB) patients have tested HIV positive at the Allied Hospital, Faisalabad.

Faisalabad TB Control Programme Officer Dr Saqib Munir told reporters on Saturday that these seven patients were being treated for tuberculosis at the hospital’s specialised clinic, but were not responding to the medicines.

He said when these patients were tested for HIV, they were found positive.

He added that after the diagnosis of these patients was reported by the District TB Control Programme in its July’s report, the total number of Aids patients at the hospital has reached 31.

Dr Munir said that out of 4,600 suspected TB patients, 1,357 were confirmed with the disease in July, 2022.

PROTEST DEMO: Scores of men and women belonging to different villages of Faisalabad district on Saturday staged a protest demonstration at the District Council Chowk against the inflated electricity bills and price hike.

Carrying placards inscribed with slogans, the protesters demanded the government to withdraw the hike in electricity tariff and take steps to reduce price hike.

They parked tractor-trolleys in the District Council Chowk, blocking it for traffic and burnt their electricity bills as a mark of protest. The protesters said if the situation persisted they would be forced to disconnect their power connections.

Published in Dawn, August 7th, 2022

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