بھٹو زندہ ہے

The Sane

Minister (2k+ posts)
One day in February 2019, Nazeer Shah carried his 1-year-old daughter, Eman, into a medical clinic. The doctor there, Imran Arbani, was immediately alarmed: The girl was limp and lethargic, her head flopped over on her father’s shoulder. Her breathing was shallow and fast. She was asleep, hard to rouse, except when she woke to cough. She drooled from her mouth. Her tongue was covered with a thick white coating, which Arbani recognized as thrush, a condition that usually indicates a weakened immune system. At around 11 pounds, she was frighteningly underweight.

Shah told the doctor that Eman was born healthy and was well until three months earlier, when she began having diarrhea daily. Her weight dropped precipitously; she spiked fevers regularly. Every day she seemed worse than the day before. Shah handed the doctor a green plastic bag filled with assorted syrups and pills — more than a dozen different medications. These were all the things she had tried, he explained. Nothing helped. He had taken her to several doctors here in Ratodero, an impoverished city in southeastern Pakistan, and to specialists in Larkana, a city roughly 20 miles to the south. He couldn’t get any clear answers.

Shah lives close to Arbani’s clinic but was initially hesitant to take Eman to him because his specialty was urology. Arbani, however, is used to practicing family medicine as well. “A doctor is a doctor,” he says. “The people do not treat doctors who are specialists as specialists. I deal with a lot of general problems too.” Arbani, who has thick, expressive eyebrows and speaks in quick, forceful clips, told Shah that he wanted to test the girl for the human immunodeficiency virus.

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“Doctor, are you joking, saying she might have H.I.V.?” Shah replied. “How is it possible?” But it was seemingly the only test that had not been done yet, so Shah drove Eman on his motorbike to a local laboratory, where a health care worker pricked her finger for a drop of blood. They waited outside for half an hour, until Shah was given a slip of paper. “Weak positive,” it read.

“I was still confident at that point,” Shah told me. “It could be negative.” He took the results to Arbani, who suggested that Shah send another test to a satellite lab in Larkana run by Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, one of the country’s premier academic medical centers. Afterward, Shah returned to Arbani’s clinic so that together they could look at the results, which were available online. When they saw the word “reactive,” Shah began to weep.

Arbani counseled him on the next steps and advised that Eman go to Karachi, more than 300 miles away, because the closest H.I.V. treatment facility, in Larkana, was set up to treat adults. Shah, who had a stable bank job at the time, was able to scrounge up the 2,400 rupees, or about $15, for his family’s bus fare. (The average household income in Pakistan is around $260 a month; most in Ratodero survive on far less.) He spoke to a close friend and told him about his daughter’s condition. The response shocked him.

“My kid already has H.I.V.,” Shah’s friend said. Eman, it turned out, was not the first young child infected with the virus in Ratodero, where more than 300,000 people live. Shah’s friend’s son received the same diagnosis two years before. In each case, the parents tested negative for H.I.V.


In 2020, about 2.8 million people worldwide under the age of 20 were living with H.I.V.; over half of them were younger than 10, according to UNAIDS, the United Nations H.I.V. program. In a vast majority of these cases, the infection was acquired through vertical transmission, meaning an H.I.V.-positive mother passed the virus to her child during pregnancy or delivery or while breastfeeding. It was unusual that these two children in Ratodero had H.I.V. when their parents did not. Nor did either child have a chronic disease that would require rounds of blood transfusions or routine kidney dialysis, which could possibly expose them to blood-borne illnesses. The two previous major outbreaks in the area — one among drug users who used needles and another among patients at a contaminated dialysis center — involved higher-risk populations.

After Eman’s diagnosis, Arbani began testing many more of the sick children he saw for H.I.V. Within a matter of months, he had identified 14 pediatric patients with H.I.V. All of them were younger than 10.


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shafali

Minister (2k+ posts)

خدا نے آج تک اُس قوم کی حالت نہیں بدلی. نہ ہو جس کو خیال آپ اپنی حالت کے بدلنے کا۔
اگر بھٹو زندہ ہے کا نعرہ لگانا ہے تو پھر بھگتو۔
 

The Sane

Minister (2k+ posts)
I believe not only Pee Pee Pee, but also Gen Bajwa is equally responsible for destroying these kids’ life for good, since he is the one who got the most corrupt leadership of Sindh get off the hook in the name of reconciliation. Same goes for corrupt courts. If there was a case for suo moto, this was the one.
اب ان بچوں کو یا توبھٹو بچائے گا یا ایٹم بم
 

Jazbaati

Minister (2k+ posts)
I am appalled at the bitches of Pakistani media, who would pounce at IK at the most trivial of issues, choose to play dumb, mute and deaf at the biggest story there is in Pakistan today. Fcuk you all!

Perhaps all the criminal politicians and their media supporters should be lined up and shot in public. Would be nice to restart with a clean slate.
 

Eigle

MPA (400+ posts)
military establishment responsible ha jo in zardari or nawaz daku ki sirprast hai.. IK ki misal tea ke cup ma mchar wali hai Jo in daku ke rang ma bhang dal dya
Hum Jahalat aor Keema wala nan ka lia jo marzi karta rahan qasoor miltri ka hi ha.
 

Eigle

MPA (400+ posts)
This is how Punjabi fools r being fooled and brainwashed using the name of Martyre Bhutto.Do whatever Sindhi will keep supporting Bhuttos.
Was surprised how come no one from traitor brigade has jump in with his venom.
Of course how can you miss out the opportunity to divide us.
Either you are payed for it or your heart is rotten with negative thinking.
 

Diesel

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Hum Jahalat aor Keema wala nan ka lia jo marzi karta rahan qasoor miltri ka hi ha.
military ki support na hoti To nawaz aik bar bi PM na bnta. is mafia ki awam ma koyi support nhi.. har bar rigged elections ke through power ma aye hai ye sare chor daku..
 
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