Kalasin provincial public health office, in Thailand, will provide a fresh series of HIV blood tests for 148 students from Khammuang Industrial and Community Education College after it was found that fake doctors used the same needle in early tests on all the students.
The doctors performed the blood tests as part of the college’s June 12 annual health check for which they charged students Bt100 (S$4).
Parents have called for college authorities to take responsibility for allowing this to happen and called for a full investigation and resignations if required. Dr Patjuban Hemhongsa, chief medical officer for Tak province, said there was no evidence to confirm the group of fake doctors there had used only one needle for blood testing of many students. However, no one could tell them in detail about how these impostors had performed the test or whether the needles were reused.
So far none of the students testing for HIV has received a positive result.