In response to the rising prevalence of HIV-AIDS in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the screening of patients for HIV-AIDS has been made mandatory before undergoing surgical procedures.
The Director General of the Health Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has issued a letter to all hospitals in the province, emphasizing the importance of mandatory HIV-AIDS screening.
The directive states that HIV-AIDS screening must be conducted before major surgical procedures in all hospitals across the province. Dr. Shaukat, the Director General of Health in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, explained that this decision has been made due to the increasing rate of HIV-AIDS in the region.
Dr. Shaukat further highlighted that this measure is in the best interest of public health, aiming to prevent the spread of AIDS and ensure the safe utilization of surgical instruments. The screening process enables healthcare staff to identify patients with HIV-AIDS or jaundice, allowing for the use of separate surgical instruments.
Additionally, Dr. Shaukat emphasized the importance of arranging separate or specialized operation theaters for HIV-AIDS patients to facilitate improved treatment.
It is worth noting that there are currently 6,300 registered HIV-AIDS cases in the province. The Health Department is committed to providing special attention and care to patients affected by HIV-AIDS in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.