Vol. 5 Num 289 Sun. March 20, 2005  
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38 Thais of Rupsha Bridge project found HIV-positive
21 repatriated

A health survey found 38 Thai workers engaged in Rupsha Bridge Project (RBP) HIV-positive.

The Health Services Society (HSS), a voluntary organisation that conducted the survey, on Friday confirmed the detection and said 21 HIV-infected Thais were sent back to Thailand last month.

However, 17 Thais are still working in the project, as their services are considered crucial for the bridge. They will not leave the country until the bridge is complete by the first week of April, said HSS sources.

A number of women workers of adjoining shrimp processing factories in Rupsha upazila are also suspected of being infected by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the sources added.

They said efforts are on to detect these women to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

As many as 150 Japanese and Thai engineers and workers have been employed in the RBP, a Shimizu-ITD joint venture, since the beginning of the project on May 30, 2001.

When contacted, RBP officials yesterday refused to comment on the matter.