LARKANA– A doctor who was suspected of spreading human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Larkana’s Ratodero district has been arrested by local police, authorities confirmed on Tuesday.
Police said Dr Muzaffar Ghanghar, who is employed at a public hospital, is an HIV patient himself.
A case was registered against the accused and produced before a local court.
The number of HIV-positive cases rose to 39 as panic gripped the district and authorities tried to ascertain the causes behind the spread of the virus among the residents.
Twenty-two children are among the patients diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes the deadly AIDS disease which claimed a million lives worldwide in 2016.
Protesting the allegations against him, Dr Muzaffar Ghanghar termed the case a “conspiracy” against him and said he was not aware of his condition.
“The Sindh Healthcare Commission is conspiring against me. If I had known about [HIV/AIDS] then I would have sought treatment. I did not experience any pain,” he said.
Dr Sikander Memon, in-charge of the Aids Control Programme in Sindh, said a team will arrive in Ratodero next week to determine the causes behind the transmission of the HIV among the residents.
According to an estimate by Dr Memon, there are over 100,000 HIV-positive people in Sindh, however, the Aids Control Programme has only 10,350 registered patients who are provided treatment.
Larkana continues to top the list of districts most affected by HIV in Sindh, with the total number of AIDS patients in Larkana at more than 2,400.
In total, 76.1 million people worldwide have been infected with HIV, since the epidemic started in the 1980s. Some 35 million have died.
SOURCE: GEO NEWS AND NEWS AGENCIES