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Ten BSF soldiers under AIDS treatment in Ferozepur
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) has intruded into the sentinels on the international border. This killer disease has also entered the Central Jail by crossing high-up walls.

As per the latest statistics, 7 inmates of Central Jail and 10 jawans of BSF are under its trap while one of the jawans has died due to AIDS.

In the past, as per government statistics, thousands of patients have visited the Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) centres for their treatment. In Ferozepur also, 10 jawans of Border Security Force are suffering from the chronic disease of AIDS.

According to DIG, A.K. Sharma the department is making efforts to create awareness among the jawans about the AIDS. Certain NGOs are also working on this.

It cannot be said as to whether the jail inmates got the AIDS infection from within the jail or they got during parole or prior to lodging in the jails, but one thing is sure that it is noticed at a very later stage. There are chances of spreading of AIDS by use of same syringes used while giving injection to other patients.

Dr. G.S. Dhillon, in-charge ART Centre said, in Ferozepur itself, 613 patients have visited ART Centre which includes 15 children of below 18 years age and it is confirmed that this disease has been transferred in them from their parents. One of the main reason of spreading of this disease is use of one syringe for number of patients by the quacks due to lack of awareness.

He further said that this figure of 613 patients is only of the ART Centre in government hospitals and there might be certain patients getting private treatment.

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