A court in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan has sentenced three doctors to three-year jail terms for negligence that led to 24 children being infected with HIV, a local official said on Tuesday.
The official, who asked not to be named, said the court in the southern Osh region gave five other doctors suspended three-year sentences and found six doctors not guilty. The court announced its verdict at a closed hearing last week.
The official said the HIV outbreak, which occurred last year, was a result of blood transfusions.
The Kyrgyz Healthcare Ministry declined to comment on Tuesday.
HIV/AIDS levels have skyrocketed across Central Asia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, mainly among drug addicts and people in prisons.
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