for allocation of funds for AIDS program.
Sindh High Court (SHC) issued notices on Thursday to
the advocate-general, the secretaries of the health
and planning and development departments and others
on a petition seeking the allocation of appropriate
funds for the treatment of HIV/AIDs patients as well
as for an awareness campaign.
petition was filed by the Human Rights Commission of
South Asia through its Pakistan’s Correspondent Syed
Muhammad Iqbal Kazmi, submitted in the petition that
79,560 persons had been diagnosed to be living with
HIV/AIDS, which was 52 percent of the entire HIV/AIDs
patients in the country. He said that the government
was duty-bound to provide medical facilities to
patients without any discrimination and to make
efforts to prevent the disease.
said that the World Bank was funding the government
under the AIDs control program but the funding was
ceased in 2009 due to corruption. He noted that at
present no budget had been allocated by the
government for AIDS control program, which, he said,
was against the spirit of articles 25, 9, 35, 37 and
38 of the Constitution.
court was prayed to direct the federal and
provincial health ministries as well as the finance
department to take measures for providing funds for
the AIDS control program and to initiate an
awareness campaign to prevent people from catching
division bench of the SHC, headed by Justice Gulzar
Ahmed, after the preliminary hearing of the
petition, issued notices to the advocate general,
the secretaries of the health and planning and
development departments and others and called their
comments on August 10.