63 Rohingyas infected with HIV, minister tells JS

United News of Bangladesh | Published at 05:54pm on June 27, 2018

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Sixty-three of the Rohingya people who have taken shelter in Bangladesh are HIV-infected patients, health minister Mohammed Nasim told parliament on Wednesday.

‘Now there're 4,662 HIV-infected patients in our country. Of them, 63 are from the Rohingya community,’ he said replying to a tabled starred question from treasury bench MP Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury (Chittagong -12).

As of October 2017, 5,586 patients were detected with HIV positive and 924 of them have already died, the minister said.

Nasim said the government is now providing services to HIV-infected patients free of cost. The services include HIV test, free medicines and counseling.

Besides, different non-government organisations, national and international agencies provide services to HIV patients, he said.

The minister said the government has a plan to set up HIV Test Centres (HTC) in 23 prioratised districts, provide necessary basic trainings over HIV/AIDS and provide camp-based healthcare facilities.