June 22, 2018

Combodia jails a doctor accusing of spreading HIV

A Cambodian doctor who war unlicensed has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for infecting about 200 people with HIV, some of whom later died.

A court found that Yem Chrin, 56, had reused dirty needles when treating patients in the village of Roka in north-western Battambang province.

Yem Chrin’s charge had been reduced from murder to manslaughter. He said he was only trying to help the community.

Unlicensed doctors provide care in many parts of rural Cambodia.

Many are self-taught but poor medical facilities and funding mean they are often the only healthcare option for millions of Cambodians.

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