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Larkana doctor denies injecting patients with HIV

SAMAA | - Posted: May 10, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: May 10, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Sindh AIDS Control Programme confirms 287 cases of HIV

The doctor accused of infecting patients in Larkana's Ratodero with HIV has denied the charge and refused to be tested for HIV/AIDS.

Dr Muzaffar Ghanghar, an employee at a public hospital in Ratodero, was arrested on April 30 on charges of infecting 42 patients at the facility with HIV. He was presented before a court on May 1 and was remanded into police custody.

Speaking to the media while leaving the police station, Dr Ghanghar said the police have no proof of these accusations. He also denied reports that he had AIDS. Waving a paper with the words "AO Clinic" written on top that he claimed were the results of a 2016 test proving he did not have HIV or AIDS, Dr Ghanghar refused to have another test conducted. It could not be verified whether the test results were authentic.

Dr Ghanghar said they had tested him in police custody and refused to undergo further testing. "Why should I?" he asked, saying that he hadn't shown any symptoms or signs of having the disease. He also wants the police to show him the reports they based the FIR against him on. He said they were trying to pressure him into getting tested again, but he would not because they have no evidence to back up their claims.

Related: Larkana has an HIV-sex work problem, experts had warned

The head of the Sindh AIDS Contol Programme, Dr Sikandar Memon, said that they cannot force anyone to undergo any tests under the law. Dr Ghanghar doesn't want to be tested and we need his consent for any further tests, he said. He also said that no authority has asked them to have him tested yet. Once someone writes to us, we'll consult the law to see what can be done, said Dr Memon.

He confirmed that 287 people in Ratodero have HIV. The programme has been conducting screenings over the past 12 days in Ratodero and has tested over 6,200 people. Dr Memon confirmed that 287 have tested positive for HIV, of which 220 are children.

They have been referred to the treatment centre in Larkana and the treatment of 82 children has begun, he said.

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  1. Avatar
      Azam  May 10, 2019 12:32 pm/ Reply

    Kya ho raha hai Pakistan ko. Duniya mein koi desh itna karaab nahi ho saktha. Disgrace and shame. No future for pakistan. I am leaving this country and I’ll start recognising myself as Indian.

    • Avatar
        Sheza Mubarak  May 18, 2019 6:24 pm/ Reply

      Jo insan internet par Pakistan Kay baray ma yeah kahay ka is ka koi future nahi ha wo Pakistani honay ka tu Kia kehlay Kay bhi laiq nahi ha………AP pehlay say hi Indian hn agar Pakistani hotay tu desh ka word use na kartay balkay watan ya mulk ka word use kartay….be happy with your grace and respect in your country India which has no respect and grace in the world

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