Doctor charged in Cambodia HIV outbreak

The unlicensed doctor could face life in prison after being charged with spreading HIV and violating medical ethics.

by
    Doctor charged in Cambodia HIV outbreak
    More than 100 people in Roka commune have tested positive for HIV since late November [Al Jazeera]

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia - An unlicensed doctor accused of causing an outbreak of HIV in a small community in Battambang province has been charged with murder.

    Since late November, more than 100 people in Roka commune in northwestern Cambodia tested positive for HIV, including children as young as six years old.

    On Monday, the provincial court issued three charges against 55-year-old Yem Chrin, whom many in Roka have accused of spreading the infection.

    "He is charged with one count of spreading HIV. The second charge is committing cruel murder," Heng Luy, deputy provincial prosecutor, told Al Jazeera.

    "He is also charged with violating medical ethics."

    Yem Chrin is local medical practitioner who received healthcare training in refugee camps in the 1980s and for the past 20 years has treated a vast array of illnesses for a large number of people in this community.

    While being questioned by police, Yem Chrin admitted to using the same syringe on two or three patients before discarding it.

    "He will be sentenced to life in prison if found guilty," Heng Luy said, adding that some of the patients under Yem Chrin's care had already died from AIDS.

    Neither Heng Luy nor Seng Luch, Battambang's deputy penal police chief, would elaborate on how Yem Chrin allegedly infected more than 100 people with HIV.

    Cambodia has had success in battling HIV/AIDS since emerging from under the rule of the Khmer Rouge regime.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.