A ‘ROGUE’ doctor infected 900 kids with HIV by REUSING syringes from the bin – but is still working as a GP.
Dr Muzaffar Ghanghro was accused of using the same needle on over 50 children at his 16p-a-visit practice in Ratodero, Pakistan.
Cops slapped him with negligence and manslaughter charges after 1,100 patients tested positive for HIV in less than a year.
The grim total included 900 kids – and one family had FOUR children test positive after trips to Dr Ghangro’s clinic.
About 200 adults have also tested positive for the virus since the epidemic in Ratodero was confirmed in April.
But health officials fear the true number affected could be far higher, with less a quarter of city’s 200,000 residents tested so far.
But he was allowed to return to work before his trial.
Imtiaz Jalbani had six kids treated by Dr Ghangro – four of whom later tested positive for HIV.
The two youngest died within months of being infected.
Imtiaz claims he saw Dr Ghangro rummaging through an bin to find a needle for his six-year-old son.
Another parents said he saw the medic used the same drip on 50 kids without changing the needle.
Dr Ghangro has denied the accusations and insists he is innocent.
Despite an initial investigation by police and health officials concluding Dr Ganghro’s “negligence and carelessness” as the “prime” reason for the outbreak, officials believe he is unlikely to be the sole cause.
Visiting health workers often see doctors in Ratodero reusing syringes, while dentists use unsterilised tools in roadside surgeries and barbers use the same razor on various customers.
There is still a widespread lack of awareness about the realities of the virus among locals, with many fearing it can be contracted via touch.
A lack of literacy on the subject is not uncommon among poorer communities across much of Pakistan, where cases of HIV have nearly doubled since 2010.
Source – DailyMail.co.uk
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