Unlicensed doctor infects at least 33 people with HIV in India

Over 40 people infected with HIV in UP after quack from Unnao uses common syringe

A fake doctor treating poor villagers in northern India for colds, hacks and looseness of the bowels has tainted no less than 21 of them with HIV by utilizing contaminated syringes and needles, a health official said Tuesday.

Health officials said taking cognizance of "high number of HIV cases" in the area, a committee was formed to visit various settlements of Bangarmau to investigate the reasons behind the surge.

According to department officials, Chowdhary was appointed the new CMO on December 28 and since he was aware of the problem, he sent teams to Bangarmau where 566 people were screened at three camps held on January 24, 25 and 27.

"Forty positive cases have been found".

In a shocking incident, over a dozen people have been infected with Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) because of a callousness of a quack in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh health minister said that the matter is now being investigated.

The suspect, Rajendra Kumar, is alleged to have used the same syringes as those he had previously used to treat flu, fever and body ache.

Kumar treated at least 50 people a day with the same injection, cleaning it with plain water, before injecting the next patient, locals told The Indian Express. "They have all been sent to the Kanpur Medical Hospital where they are under anti-retroviral therapy and drugs are being administered to stop any progression". On inquiry, locals said that people used to go to a quack for treatment who used to use a single syringe on everyone.

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

India had 2.1 million people living with HIV at the end of 2016, according to UNAIDS. Of those, 9,100 were youngsters under age 15. Prasad had allegedly given permission to an NGO to use the facility and did not provide mattresses and blankets to the patients who had to spend the night in the open.

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