A doctor in Pakistan has been arrested for allegedly infecting about 90 people, including 65 children with HIV, using a contaminated syringe.
The local police chief heading the case in the southern city of Larkana, on Friday said the arrest followed various complaints that were received.
“We have arrested a doctor after receiving complaints from the health authorities.”
“We are told that the doctor also has HIV,” he said.
Authorities were reportedly first alerted last week after 18 children living on the outskirts of the city tested positive for the virus, which causes AIDS, prompting health officials to carry out wider screenings. Dozens of more infections were found.
A district health official in Larkana, Dr Abdul Rehaman said, “More than 90 people have tested HIV-positive and the number of children is around 65.”
Authorities said they traced the outbreak to a single doctor, who appears to have been using a contaminated syringe on patients.
Azra Pechuho, Sindh province’s health minister, confirmed his arrest. “The blood of the parents of the infected children was also tested, but their results were negative,” he said.
Officials have since launched an even larger testing and education drive.