Uttar Pradesh: 46 infected by HIV as fake doctor uses tainted syringes

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"When we asked these patients whether they had used common syringes, some of them told us about a doctor they went to who uses the same syringe on all his patients", Choudhary said.

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.

He said the investigation revealed that the quack, Rajendra Kumar, living in a neighbouring village, had used a single syringe for injection in the name of cheaper treatment. A case was registered against the quack, Rajendra Kumar, under Sections 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease risky to life) and 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by unsafe weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code.

The Centre has, meanwhile, despatched a team of experts to Unnao for an inquiry into the incident which the medical fraternity termed a "criminal" act. While officials have prima facie held the quack responsible for the HIV cases, the government is also probing other angles.

Officials in UP's Unnao were anxious: reports of a "high number of HIV cases" in the area had been coming in.

In Bangarmau's villages, where the elderly, teenagers and children are still trying to understand that the reason for all the screening camps.

Out of 566 people tested, 21 people were found HIV-positive. "He used a single syringe on all of them", said Bangarmau Councillor Sunil.

They would be given antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to suppress the HIV and prevent its progression, officials said.

Health minister Siddhartha Nath Singh said, "Since Unnao is a transit point, HIV carriers, including truck and bus drivers, are likely to come in". Based on this, we are finding out what happened ...

Unnao Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr SP Chaudhary said a probe was ordered after noticing a spike in HIV cases between April and November, 2017. "He would stay there for two-three hours".

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