Health officials in a southern Pakistani city say the reuse of pediatric syringe needles has led to nearly 900 children testing positive for HIV since the epidemic began earlier this year, according to a Saturday report.
p. Muzafar Gangro, a pediatrician in Ratodero City, was arrested in May on charges of negligence and murder after patients alerted investigators of alleged misconduct, Pakistani media reported. negligence "was responsible for the HIV epidemic in Ratodero, where about 200 adults also tested positive for HIV since April, The New York Times reported.
But health officials said the number of patients affected is likely to be higher, given that less than one-quarter of the 200,000 from Ratodero have been tested, according to of the report.
The allegations against Ghanghro reflect a broader trend in much of Pakistan, where a lack of knowledge on the topic contributes to the doubling of 2010 cases, according to the UN Task Force on HIV and AIDS.
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Following the initial outbreak reporting, the government closed clinics with unregistered doctors and illegal blood banks.
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But it is said that clinics have begun to reopen after the media broke.
Iran Akbar, the doctor who first paid attention to the epidemic, recounted. The Times: "If these doctors, barbers and dentists are not checked, the number of incidents of HIV infection will continue to increase."