In a poor area in Pakistan, the parents are waiting for the results of their children's blood tests to see if they have contracted the HIV virus as hundreds of people in the region, apparently for that a doctor repeatedly used an infected syringe.
The panic is such that The police have been sent to the site to maintain orders among the audience crowded in the Wasayo analysis center, near the town of Larkana, in the province of Sind.
Pediatrician Muzaffar Ghangro behind bars. He infected humans and also has the HIV virus (AFP).
Anger and fear is felt in this village that has been hit by the epidemic. The authorities say so They do not know if it is due to gross negligence or harmful practices of the pediatrician.
According to official figuresMore than 400 people, including many children, tested positive in recent weeks in the area.
"Dozens come," says a doctor in the diagnostic center, barely in staff and equipment.
Mukhtar Pervez is waiting for the results. She hopes that the latest outbreak of her daughter's fever is not an indication that she has contracted the virus.
A mother with her son at Rato Dero's hospital. According to official figures, more than 400 people, including many children, tested positive in recent weeks in the area (AFP).
Others have received the news they feared so much. Nisar Ahmed rushes into the clinic in She is looking for medicine for her one-year-old daughter, who tested positive three days ago. "I curse the person responsible for the infection of all these children," he says furiously.
Near him Imam Zadi came to do test five of her children after reading that her grandson was HIV positive.
"The whole family is completely shocked," he says.
Others feel afraid of their children's future in a country where the disease is poorly known and with problems with access to treatment, especially in rural areas.
Imam Zadi came to test five of his children after reading that his grandson was HIV positive (AFP).
"Who will play with her, and when she grows up, who wants to marry her?" Says the mother of a four-year-old girl who tested positive for HIV. in an adjoining village.
Pakistan was long regarded as a low AIDS country. but The virus spreads at high speed, especially among drug addicts and people who practice prostitution.
With about 20,000 new seropositive cases in 2017, the rate of disease spread in Pakistan It is second highest in Asia, according to UN statistics.
Dr. Muzaffar Ghangro is in prison. They want to know about the deliberately infected people (AFP).
The country, whose population is growing, is lacking in medical infrastructure and rural areas are exposed orthodox medical methods.
"According to some government data, Some 600,000 false doctors are active in the country and about 270,000 in the province of Sind, "said the agency UNAIDS in a statement.
The regional health authorities ensure that patients are exposed to infections and viruses through the injections.
Unamujer undergoes the test at the hospital in Rato Dero (AFP).
"To save money, these charlatans puncture several patients with the same syringe. It may be the main cause of the multiplication of cases, "said Sikandar Memon, head of the anti-AIDS program in the province.
The incidence of scammers along with "reuse of syringes, high-risk transfusions and other risky medical methods" triggered the number of HIV infections in recent years, confirms Bushra Jamil, an infectious disease expert at Aga University. Khan of Karachi.
"Who will play with her? And when she grows up, who wants to marry her?" Says the mother of a 4-year-old girl who tested positive for HIV (AFP).
The researchers claim that The doctor accused in Sind is HIV positive and is imprisoned. He denies intentionally injecting the virus into patients.
The families of the infected are less worried about research than about access to information and the treatments needed to prevent AIDS.
Dr Muzaffar Ghangro is HIV positive and is imprisoned. He denies intentionally injecting the virus into patients (AFP).
"We don't know what to do, I have more children and I'm afraid they will catch the disease," says the mother of a girl who tested positive. "Send us drugs to our children so they can be cured," he says "But all our children will die, right?"