128, including children & adults, catch HIV at the hands of vengeful quack
KARACHI: Health Minister Azra Pechuho informed the house that a quack impersonating as a doctor had been arrested after a case registered against him for using used syringes in Larkana district that caused the lethal Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection.
The number of infected individuals has now swelled to 128. Government has launched a community screening drive in the affected areas as more and more cases arise.
Dr Azra Pechuho while delivering her ministry’s policy statement during the Sindh Assembly’s session, said after receiving reports of HIV affecting so many children in Larkana district, a team comprising specialists and officials had been sent to Ratodero and Naudero, where it was confirmed that at least 15 children fell prey to the deadly infection because of the use of used syringes by a local quack.
The minister said the ministry had given clear directives to the Sindh Health Care Commission (SHCC) to take action against the quacks who were rampantly present in society.
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