Larkana doctor with AIDS arrested for allegedly spreading HIV virus

LARKANA: Police on Tuesday arrested medical doctor infested with AIDS for allegedly spreading the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Larkana’s Ratodero district.

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Dr Muzaffar Ghanghar, an employee of a local public hospital, was presented before a local court after a case was registered against him.

Horror gripped the Larkana district when the number of HIV-positive cases ascended to 39 and the authorities tried to determine the reason for the spread of the virus among the residents.

The virus, that causes lethal disease of AIDS has taken a million lives in 2016, infected 22 children in Larkana.

Dr Ghanghar declared the case to be a “conspiracy” against him as he protests the allegations leveled against him.

He said, “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.”

Dr Sikander Memon, in-charge of the Aids Control Programme in Sindh said a team will go to the Ratodero area to probe cause behind the spread of HIV virus in the residents.

Dr Memon estimated around 100,000 HIV-positive patients in Sindh, while only 10,350 are registered with the Aids Control Programme undergoing treatment.

Larkana, with more than 2,400 HIV-positive patients, has topped the list of the districts infested with the disease.

Since the begging of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, AIDS has claimed 35 million lives worldwide with 76.1 million patients infected with the virus.

There is still no cure and vaccine for the disease and the patients have no choice other than undergoing lifelong anti-retroviral therapy to prevent the virus from replicating.

With no treatment available, HIV-positive patients develop AIDS syndrome which effectively deteriorates the immune system and leaves the body vulnerable to other life-threatening infections such as tuberculosis and some types of cancer.

The treatment, although expensive and comes with side-effects, but let the infected people be healthier for longer.

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