Dr. Muzaffar Ghanghro, who was arrested on charges of infecting 42 patients at the facility with HIV in Larkana, , has been cleared of deliberately injecting his patients with HIV but has been found guilty of criminal medical negligence.
“We have found that Ghanghro did not deliberately inject his patients with the HIV but rather that he did not take enough care to prevent it from spreading,” said Larkana SSP Masood Bangash.
SSP Bangash added. “If we had to frame him or make him seem like the only criminal here then we could have just claimed that it was deliberate. That’s what everyone is thinking it is anyway,” he said. “There has been a fair investigation into the matter and we have found that while he didn’t do it deliberately and he isn’t the only one to do so, he certainly acted in a negligent manner.”
The accused Dr Muzaffar Ghanghar, who himself is an HIV patient, was employed at a public hospital in Ratodero district of Larkana. He was allegedly responsible for spreading the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) among his patients.
The recent HIV outbreak in Larkana, Sindh, has become an alarming threat for Pakistan as recently HIV positive toll has been climbed to 500 in just 17 days, according to unofficial estimates. Around 23 children and five women are among the 39 new cases, which surfaced at Taluka Hospital of Ratodero, Larkana’s town where the highest number of cases have been registered. The total number of the positive cases has reached 519, as per the unofficial estimates.
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