There are above 45 percent chances that a woman infected with HIV/AIDS would give birth to an infected baby but with the adoption of latest medical interventions, the chances of mother-to-child transmission of AIDS could be reduced to less than 1 percent.
This was the theme of a training workshop, organised by the Sindh Aids Control Programme in collaboration with Unicef where some 45 male and female doctors including gynecologists, general physicians, dermatologists and other specialists from public sector health institutions in Sindh are being trained on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS.
The training is being imparted at a five-day workshop being held by SACP at its premises in the city where experts associated with the Aids Control Programme are introducing medical interventions that could reduce the mother to child transmission of Aids to less than 1 percent.
Dr Memon informed that the five-day workshop for doctors from public sector hospitals of Sindh was being organised by the SACP in collaboration with SACP and it was aimed at reduced the risk of transmission of AIDS from mothers to their newly-born children.
“Medical science has progressed to an extent where it is possible to prevent a baby from getting Aids infection from the mother. These interventions include provision of some drugs to pregnant women, their counseling and delivery through caesarian section instead of normal deliveries” he informed.
To a question, Dr Memon said that in Pakistan, the prevention of mother-to- child transmission of AIDS is referred to as Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPCT) as in our society, most married women get infected with AIDS from their husbands.
As far as the PPCT workshop is concerned, he said that it was the second such workshop while the third one would be held in December in Karachi and fourth one in Larkana later on.
“Currently, three PPCT centres, one each at gynecology wards of Civil Hospital Karachi, Qatar Hospital Orangi Town and Chandka Medical College Hospital Larkana are working to assist women with AIDS infection on techniques to prevent their children from getting the infection.
To a query, he said they were following Unicef’s protocols for the training of the doctors on prevention of mother to child transmission of AIDS and added that prior to conducting training workshops, SACP had consultative or expert review meetings to finalize the modules of the training workshops.
He informed that in addition to him, Dr. Shehla Baqi from the SIUT, Dr. Sikandar Iqbal and Dr. Azra were some other moderators who were imparting training to the doctors.
When asked about the ratio of mother-to-children transmission of AIDS in our society, he said although the cases where children were born with AIDS infection were relatively few in our society but the training workshops for doctors were part of preventive measures to deal with such cases in the future.