Doctors Fired For Accidentally Infecting 10 Children, One Adult With HIV

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Four Kyrgyz physicians were fired on Monday for accidentally infecting 10 children and one adult with HIV, according to the Republican AIDS Association, the AP/International Herald Tribune reports. Ministry of Health officials said the children and the adult contracted HIV while receiving injections and blood transfusions. The health ministry gave no other details, according to the AP/Herald Tribune.

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According to RAA, Health Minister Tuygunaaly Abdraimov fired the head of the southern Osh region's children's hospital, the chiefs of the epidemic control center and the regional blood transfusion center, and a district hospital chief. Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev on Monday told the chief prosecutor's office "to bring those responsible to account," his office said (AP/International Herald Tribune, 7/30). According to AFP/Yahoo! News, two other doctors were reprimanded (AFP/Yahoo! News, 7/30).

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