A doctor has been arrested by the Polic for infecting at least 90 people with HIV, after using a contaminated syringe on them.
90 people including 65 children are believed to have HIV caused by the Pakistan doctor. According to officials, authorities were first alerted last week after 18 children living on the outskirts of the city tested positive for the virus, which causes AIDS, prompting health officials to carry out wider screenings. Dozens of more infections were found.
“We have arrested a doctor after receiving complaints from the health authorities,” says Kamran Nawaz, the local police chief heading the case in the southern city of Larkana, on Friday.
“We are told that the doctor also has HIV,” he says.
“More than 90 people have tested HIV-positive and the number of children is around 65,” Dr Abdul Rehaman, a district health official in Larkana, told AFP news agency.
The outbreak was traced to a single doctor, who appears to have been using a contaminated syringe on patients.
Azra Pechuho, Sindh province’s health minister, confirmed his arrest.
We reported a few weeks ago that a man identified as Rudolph Smith was charged with intentionally infecting women with HIV. He reportedly meets the women on various dating apps and websites and engages them in unprotected sex.