LARKANA: Sindh Health Care Commission on Tuesday launched a grand operation against the quack doctors in the suburbs of Naudero Tehsil of the district.

According to sources, the Health Care Commission conducted a grand operation in Naudero Tehsil of the Larkana district and sealed as much as seven clinics and three laboratories.

Sources have further revealed that the authorities have also arrested a quack doctor during the raid. The police also facilitated the commissions team during the operation.

Earlier today, police have arrested a doctor allegedly responsible for the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Larkanas Ratodero district, a local TV reported here.

Police said that Dr Muzaffar Ghanghar, who is employed at a public hospital, is an HIV patient himself.

The accused had been produced before a local court after registering a case.

The number of HIV-positive cases rose to 39 as panic gripped the district and authorities tried to ascertain the causes behind the spread of the virus among the residents.

Twenty-two children are among the patients diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes the deadly AIDS disease which claimed a million lives worldwide in 2016.

Dr Sikander Memon, in-charge of the Aids Control Program in Sindh, said a team will arrive in Ratodero next week to determine the causes behind the transmission of the HIV among the residents.

According to an estimate by Dr Memon, there are over 100,000 HIV-positive people in Sindh, however, the Aids Control Program has only 10,350 registered patients who are provided treatment.

Larkana continues to top the list of districts most affected by HIV in Sindh, with the total number of AIDS patients in Larkana at more than 2,400.

In total, 76.1 million people worldwide have been infected with HIV, since the epidemic started in the 1980s. Some 35 million have died.

As yet, there is no HIV vaccine or cure, and infected people rely on lifelong anti-retroviral therapy to stop the virus replicating.

Without treatment, HIV-infected people go on to develop AIDS, a syndrome that weakens the immune system and leaves the body exposed to opportunistic infections such as tuberculosis, and some types of cancer.

Treatment carries side-effects and is costly, but allows infected people to be healthier for longer.