A Syringe

Over 600 people, mostly children, test HIV positive, as a Pakistani doctor uses infected syringe

A Pakistani doctor in Rato Dero city and surrounding villages of Lakarna district in Pakistan is alleged to have infected over 600 people mostly children, using a contaminated syringe.

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The children were mostly from ages 2 to 12 years old.

Pakistani health officials had said that the increase in the number of patients testing positive to HIV was “a matter of grave concern” for the government.

They also disclosed that used syringes were being re-packed, which is growing significantly the number of HIV cases and other diseases.

According to the United Nations (UN), Pakistan has the second fastest growing HIV rate across Asia, with about 20,000 new HIV infections reported in 2017.

The Pakistani government reports that around 600,000 quack doctors are operating across the country.

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