The government on Monday disclosed that at least 865 people were newly detected HIV positive, raising the total number of AIDS patients to 5,586 since 1989 in the country.
At least 924 have died till now.
‘Of the HIV infected patients, 2,483 are now receiving treatment at six government hospitals free of costs,’ said health minister Mohammed Nasim at a press conference at the secretariat, marking World AIDS Day observed on December 1 throughout the country as elsewhere across the globe.
Quoting the latest data updated in October 2017, he said, some 639 men, 213 women and 13 trans-gender people were detected HIV positive between November 2016 and October 2017.
A senior official told New Age that 125 people died of HIV/AIDs this year while total number of deaths from the disease stood at 924 since 1989 in the country.
The official added that 97 people among Rohingyas who fled violence in Myanmar to take shelter in Cox’s Bazar camps were detected HIV positive.
An estimated 6.26 lakh Myanmar nationals took refuge in Cox’s Bazar camps since the latest violence against the ethnic minority escalated on August 25 in Rakhine State of Myanmar.
Responding to a question, the health minister said that the official data on deaths from AIDS would be disclosed at the national programme on AIDS in Dhaka scheduled for December 6.
He said the estimated number of HIV patients in Bangladesh would be 11,700 as the rate of HIV transmission among the risky group was one per cent.
Nasim said that the government, in cooperation with non-governmental organisations, was working to eradicate HIV/AIDS by 2030 to achieve Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.
Senior officials of the ministry and the directorate general of health services were present, among others, at the conference.
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