Doctors in Kazakhstan Convicted for Criminal Negligence Following HIV Outbreak Among Children Who Received Blood Transfusions
June 28, 2007
Seventeen health workers in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday were sentenced to prison after being convicted of criminal negligence following an HIV outbreak among a group of children who received blood transfusions at their hospital, Reuters reports (Reuters, 6/27). Since the summer of 2006, 118 children who received blood transfusions at the hospital have tested positive for HIV. Ten of the children have died from AIDS-related illnesses (Golovnina, Reuters, 6/27).
Judge Ziyadinkhan Pirniyaz, who presided over the case, gave suspended sentences to senior health official Nursulu Tasmagambetova and three others. The remaining defendants received jail sentences ranging from a few months to eight years, Reuters reports (Reuters, 6/27). Pirniyaz listed evidence of negligence, abuse of patients and theft of health funds. The attorneys for the children's parents said they will appeal the decision (Golovnina, Reuters, 6/27).
Health Workers Sentenced to Prison in Kazakhstan for Criminal Negligence After HIV Outbreak Among Women, Children
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