Doctor Accused of Infecting Over 400 Kids and Babies with HIV

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May 17, 2019May 17, 2019

Doctors are supposed to work hard to help people stay healthy and live for a long time. They are responsible for making sure their patients have the very best care and are being treated appropriately.

Sadly, not all doctors take their jobs so seriously. One physician is being accused of infecting over 400 children, including babies, with HIV. The incident took place in Pakistan.

"A destitute village in Pakistan’s south has been left devastated after more than 500 people – overwhelmingly children – tested positive for HIV in the past two months, in an epidemic attributed to a single pediatrician. The regional coordinator of the AIDS Control Program, Dr. Sikander Memon, told Pakistan’s DAWN newspaper this week that 410 of those infected are children – some as young as two months old – but many more still need to be screened," reported Fox.

Law enforcement officials have arrested the doctor in light of the reports. The doctor, Muzaffar Ghangharo, also has AIDS. At this time, he has not released a statement concerning his actions.

At this time, investigators are trying to determine the doctor's involvement in the case. They are trying to determine if he purposefully infected his patients or if he was simply negligent.

"While Pakistan has traditionally had a lower rate of the immunodeficiency virus than many other parts of the world, the U.N. has lamented that the nation of almost 200 million is now considered to have the second-fastest climbing rate of HIV across Asia, and in 2017 documented over 20,000 new infections," reported Fox.

Please join us in praying for those infected. We pray for the medical professionals in the area as well. May God help them contain this outbreak.

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