UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — More than 1.1,000 people, mostly children, have been infected with HIV in the central Pakistani city of Rutodero, amid fears that the toll will rise, media reported.
The New York Times said in a report published on Saturday that medical examinations conducted since last April confirmed the infection of 1,112 people, including nearly 900 children under the age of 12 years of the virus that causes AIDS in the city of 200 thousand people.
Pakistani officials blamed the traumatizing pediatrician, Muzaffar Gangaru, whose clients included many poor citizens, and witnesses said he had repeatedly used unsterile, single-use injections.
The worker, Imtiaz Jalbani, told the newspaper that he protested to the doctor when he saw that he was using an unclean injection to inject his son at the age of six years, and he later became among the injured.
Gangaru was arrested and charged with negligence, manslaughter and unintentional harm, but he was not convicted.He recently even renewed his medical certificate and is currently working in a government hospital on a suburb of the city, although Pakistani law prohibits bail.
At the same time, the newspaper quoted medical officials that this doctor is not the only cause of the outbreak of the dangerous virus, pointing to the failure to apply hygiene standards in many barbers and hospitals in the slums of the city.
Local doctor Imran Akbar Arbani confirmed that 35 children had died in the city since late April, warning that the outbreak would continue unless all hospitals, barbers and dental clinics were inspected.
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