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Pakistan ill-prepared to check HIV spread

November 30, 2012

As World Aids Day is being observed on Saturday, World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed concern that Pakistan has high rates of unscreened blood transfusions and a very high demand for therapeutic injections and poor infection control practices in hospitals and clinics nationwide.

“This has led to transmission of infection through unscreened blood transfusions, or re-use of syringes or use of un-sterilised medical equipment,” the World Health Organisation said in a statement on World Aids Day.