Unlicensed doctor on the run after infecting 40 people with HIV

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, coughs and diarrhoea has infected at least 21 of them with HIV by using contaminated syringes and needles, a health official said on Tuesday.

Medical officials in Unnao said that they had then tested hundreds of people who lived in the same areas as these HIV-positive patients, including those who seemed perfectly healthy. The team visited Premganj and Chakmirpur areas of Bangarmau and filed a report, based on which screening camps were held at three places. Those who have so far tested positive are being treated at a government college in Kanpur Uttar Pradesh.

Reports say the news of the infections broke after the victims, including children, were diagnosed at a health camp organised by an NGO in November a year ago in Bangarmau city of Unnao district.

In a shocking incident, a quack travelling on bicycle ended up giving HIV to at least 20 persons in UP's Unnao.

Rajendra Yadav, the accused in the particular case, is believed to be in hiding since the launch of the police investigation.

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The latest HIV outbreak comes as India suffers from a shortage of doctors and hospitals. Amin Welfare Trust, a body appointed by the UP AIDS Control Society, found 13 more people with HIV in Bangarmau in November 2017, and immediately shared the findings with the authorities, said a health department official. Out of those, 9,100 were children under the age of 15. The Indian Medical Association estimated there are 1 million fake doctors practicing in the country despite campaigns by health authorities.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh has assured a proper investigation into the matter.

At present, India has an estimated 2.1 million people living with HIV.

Dohare said people spoke about a quack during counselling. 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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