AN AIDS-infected doctor has been arrested after 400 children and 100 adults tested positive for the HIV virus in Pakistan.
It has spread “due to a quack” re-using syringes with “no care in regards to infection control measures”, the National AIDS Control Programme Pakistan (NACP) claimed.
Authorities said they traced the outbreak to a single doctor, who allegedly used a contaminated syringe on patients, reports Khaleej Times.
Officials said that the HIV outbreak in Larkana, southern Pakistan, started when local physician Muzaffar Ghangharo, who has AIDS, allegedly infected patients in early April.
The doctor was arrested earlier this month after hundreds of local children and adults tested positive for the virus.
Police are still trying to determine whether Ghangharo knowingly spread the disease to others.
It’s not clear from media reports whether people were infected with his blood, or from other patients with HIV.
Among those affected was Ali Raza, ten, who came down with a fever at the family home in the dusty, largely neglected district of Larkana, reports the Associated Press.
His concerned mum, Rehmana Bibi, took her son to a local doctor, who prescribed paracetamol syrup for Raza and told her there was no need to worry.
But she panicked after being alerted that several children who initially came down with a fever had tested positive for HIV in nearby villages.
We were in great pain the day we heard about our son testing HIV positive.
Rehmana Bibi, mum
An alarmed Bibi took Raza to a hospital where medical tests confirmed he was among more than 500 people, mostly children, who authorities say tested positive for the virus, which can lead to AIDS.
She told AP: “We were in great pain the day we heard about our son testing HIV positive.”
Bibi said it was heartbreaking to learn that Ali had contracted HIV at such a young age.
She said that all her family members have been tested for the virus that attacks the immune system, but Raza was found to be the only victim.
Bibi said she has had sleepless nights from worrying and has been looking after her son since early this month when he was confirmed HIV-positive.
She said she wants to see her son healthy and fully recovered as soon as possible.
Sikandar Memon, head of the AIDS Control Program in Sindh province, said officials have screened 13,800 people from Larkana and more than 400 children and 100 adults tested positive for HIV.
Nationwide, Pakistan’s Health Ministry has registered over 23,000 HIV cases.
Pakistani health officials have said HIV is usually spread in the country by using unsterilised syringes.
Geo TV said that of the 534 testing positive in Larkana’s Rotodero district, 270 were female and 264 male.
Kids aged between two and five were the most affected, making up 55 per cent of the cases, while a further 20 per cent were in the six to 15 age group, with the rest being adults.
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The NACP said that it has sent a team along with other experts from various institutions and UN agencies following the outbreak.
The organisation said it has been directed by the government to further investigate the “epidemic” and support patients “by providing all possible treatment facilities” along with prevention and control measures.
It said staff and “other experts” had initially concluded that the “main cause of HIV infection spread [was] due to quacks doing ill practice of re-using syringes and no care of other infections control measures (blood and equipment safety).”
A person with HIV can pass on the virus to others in several ways, including by sharing needles; from mother to baby during birth or by breastfeeding, or through unprotected sex, explains the NHS.
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