Two victims who contracted HIV while under the care of disgraced doctor Yem Chrin in Battambang province’s Roka commune have died in the last two months due to a lack of funding to support victims.
Nearly 300 residents of two villages in Roka commune tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS from November 2014 until 2016.
An investigation into the outbreak found that unlicensed medical practitioner Mr Chrin, who had been practising medicine in Roka village since the early 1990s, was to blame.
Mr Chrin had reused syringes, needles and other medical equipment that allowed the virus to spread among his patients, an investigation by the Health Ministry and World Health Organisation found.
Loeum Lorm, a volunteer for Buddhism for Development in the commune, said a total of 32 villagers have died, including ten men and 22 women.
“Sim Chan, 57, died on November 3 and Tat Thoeut, 75, died in September,” Mr Lorm said, noting that the two victims were not regularly taking HIV medication to prolong their lives.
He said Buddhism for Development ended funding six months ago, making it difficult for the victims to afford medication.
“I want the local authorities and the government to support me and six other volunteers to work with the victims,” Mr Lorm said.
In December 2015, Mr Chrin was sentenced to 25 years in jail after being convicted of torture and cruel behaviour resulting in death, intentionally spreading HIV and practising medicine without a licence.
On August 8, the Supreme Court decided to indefinitely postpone his appeal as Mr Chrin seeks a new lawyer.