Navigation Links
Scientists Seek Release Of Health Workers In Libya

An international group of 44 researchers, including an Indian American scientist, have appealed to Libya for the release of six healthcare workers charged// with intentionally infecting about 400 children with HIV. Seeking the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who have been incarcerated in a Libyan prison for nearly eight years, the researchers explained that scientific evidence shows the virus was present in the hospital before the accused workers arrived.

The most reasonable explanation for the outbreak is poor infection control practices, including the lack of sterile, disposable injecting equipment, wrote Sunil K. Ahuja and co-authors in a letter to Science, published online Tuesday. Ahuja is from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Robert Gallo and C. David Pauza of the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, Baltimore and their colleagues have requested that their governments reach out to the Libyan people and their political leadership to find a way to release the workers.

They also want them to provide the means to look after the HIV-infected children, and help with all efforts to detect, treat and prevent HIV infections within Libya, according to American Association for the Advancement of Science.

What has happened to the accused sends a chilling message to all healthcare workers who choose to work in difficult circumstances to deliver life-saving care to HIV-1-infected or at-risk people worldwide, the authors wrote.

The Libyan court has excluded expert testimony from independent scientists, while relying instead on confessions extracted under torture and making threats of execution for any non-cooperation by the accused, they alleged.

As Libya is now seeking closer ties with the Western world, the scientists urged their governments to reach out to the Libyan people and their political leadership to find a way out.

"I f Libya is truly willing to enter into meaningful dialogues with Western nations, it should take the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge Western scientists have gained about HIV-1 and AIDS over the past 25 years and not instead create yet more victims of the AIDS epidemic - in this case, the five Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian doctor," they said.

In 2000-01, reports began to surface of an HIV-1 outbreak in approximately 400 children who were hospitalised or treated as outpatients in the Al-Fateh Hospital Benghazi, Libya.

The Libyan government accused six medical workers of intentionally infecting these children with HIV-1 with the Libyan head of state Moammar Gaddafi alleging that these children had been deliberately infected as part of a vast international conspiracy to destabilise his country.

The six healthcare workers were imprisoned, tortured with electric shocks to extract "confessions", tried in a Libyan court, convicted, and sentenced to death by firing squad.

The resulting publicity caused the Benghazi paediatric HIV-1 outbreak to become the focus of international scientific efforts to understand how it occurred.

Source-IANS
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Scientists plan human cloning clinic in the United States
2. Scientists found ancient Human Germ Killer
3. Scientists locate key hormone involved in appetite control
4. Scientists open the book of life
5. Scientists review SARS
6. Scientists crack dengue fever puzzle
7. Scientists push to lower hidden sodium in food
8. Indian Scientists Make Wide-Ranging Analysis And Annotation Of X Chromosome
9. Scientists have found effective brain regions for deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s
10. Scientists reveal the secrets of sarcasm
11. Scientists Unveil Mechanism Behind Resistance to Severe Malaria
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Looking for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift for the special ... Foot massage, whether administered by a professional masseuse or a loved one, can bring ... of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry (ABMSP) has taken the upcoming Valentine’s Day as ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... US Sports Camps , official operators ... to direct high-performance kids yoga training. ChildLight Yoga Studio is centrally situated in the ... Boston. , ChildLight Yoga Studio founder Lisa Flynn expresses her excitement, “We are thrilled ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... , ... Give To Cure today announced that it is working ... To Cure’s campaign that is crowdfunding clinical trials to help find cures faster for ... a smart device. In 2015 alone, Venmo processed $7.5 billion in transactions among users. ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... Dr. Justin ... announce their 2nd Annual No Cost Dental Day to individuals in need. The event ... purpose of this No Cost Dental Day is to provide dental care to community ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Pekin, IL (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... in disguised form as a dream. A hallmark feature of patients with eating disorders ... and needs. The eating disorder behaviors and obsessions are regarded as maladaptive means for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/4/2016)... 4, 2016 Worldwide Radiology Oncology surgical ... as next generation systems provide a way to ... cancer surgery. New systems pinpoint the delivery of ... been such a problem previously, limiting the quantity ... take cancer surgery far beyond what has been ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... CITY, Calif. , Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... "Company") today announced it has entered into a ... Exchange Commission (SEC) fully resolving the SEC,s investigation ... Act (FCPA).  Under the terms of the settlement ... of $12.8 million, including disgorgement, pre-judgment interest and ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... 2016  Montoya Love is recognized by Continental Who,s ... Pharmaceuticals. Montoya is the Regulatory Systems Operations Manager with ... Manufacturing and selling a broad range ... provides healthcare institutions, clinical laboratories and life science researchers ... the globe. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: