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Public health minister unharmed in pin prick attack

Public health minister unharmed in pin prick attack

Jan 09, 2016 - 20:35

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The public healthinfo-icon minister was attacked with an HIV-infected syringe by a drug addict in Kabul, but he did not contract the virus, an official said on Sunday.

A well-placed source in the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) told Pajhwok Afghan News Ferozuddin Feroz came under pin-prick attack in the capital.

During a campaign to shift drug addicts from Kabul streets to a rehabilitation centre, one addict pricked the minister’s shoulder with a suspect needle, the source added.

Meanwhile, a statement from the ministry confirmed the incident, saying Feroz was speaking to public health workers when the addict attacked him.

“Fortunately, clinical test results show he hasn’t been harmed. For this reason, he hasn’t gone abroad,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, MoPH spokesman Mohammad Ismail Kawosi confirmed to Pajhwok the minister was attacked in Pul-i-Sokhta area a week ago.

He also said Feroz underwent tests inside the country, and that he was in good health. As directed by the president, the minister went to India to watch the SAFF Cup final between Afghanistaninfo-icon and the hosts.

Kawosi claimed the attack was pre-planned by elements opposed to shifting the addicts to the rehabilitation facility.



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