Unlicensed Doctor 'Infects 40 People' With HIV In India

07 February, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Becky Perry
  • Agra Uttar Pradesh. Image of HIV infected cell

More than 20 people in a northern Indian town tested positive for HIV after a fake doctor used contaminated needles and syringes while treating them for colds, coughs and diarrhea, a health official said.

Arun Pratap Singh, a Bangarmau police official, said an investigative file had been opened against the suspect doctor identified as Rajendra Kumar.

Dr SP Chowdhary, the current CMO, said while he was CMS, he too wrote a letter to Prasad informing him about the regular detection of HIV patients in Bangarmau and calling the situation unusual.

"In the camps, 566 people were examined of whom 21 were found to be infected with HIV", the CMO said.

Dozens of deaths from encephalitis in Uttar Pradesh last year led to a firestorm of criticism of the state's Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who took office early last year. "This was the reason behind the significant rise in the number HIV cases".

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The therapy involves a combination of anti-retroviral drugs to suppress HIV and stop its progression.

A case was registered against the quack, Rajendra Kumar, under Sections 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease unsafe to life) and 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by risky weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code.

The HIV cases were discovered in two rural areas, Premganj and Chakmirpur, in the Bangermau tehsil during screening camps held by the State Health department. Further, the department found that he had used a single syringe for injection in the name of cheaper treatment. "He used a single syringe on all of them", said Bangarmau Councillor Sunil.

U.P. Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh has ordered a probe and said the accused would be arrested soon.

The UP Health Ministry has taken cognizance of the case and has assured action against the culprits. The quack, sources said, travelled by cycle and visited people's homes to treat them. Choudhury said that most likely prompted the spread of HIV. "So we are also mapping truck drivers", he said.

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