Unlicensed doctor on the run after infecting 40 people with HIV

Bryan Strickland
February 7, 2018

The health department had recently ordered an investigation to be conducted by a two-member committee following unusually high number of HIV cases being reported from the area.

Screening camps were held at three places (in Bangarmau) on January 24, January 25 and January 27.

"We found that he was using a single syringe to administer injection to all and this was the reason behind the rise in the number HIV cases".

According to a health camp report from November a year ago at least 40 positive cases have been reported from Unnao.

Government health officials are offering free HIV treatment to all the people who were infected.

'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. The group works with HIV and Aids patients in the region. The state government has registered a case against the fake doctor, Rajendra Kumar, and has intensified efforts to arrest him. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh health minister said that the matter is now being investigated. 9,100 were children under the age of 15.

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The latest HIV outbreak comes as India suffers from a shortage of doctors and hospitals.

According to World Health Organization, HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 35 million lives so far.

Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh told reporters that the patients had been referred to the anti-retroviral therapy centre in the nearby city of Kanpur.

"The matter is being investigated. We set up special medical camps in villages in the area and checked 566 people, and 21 were found to be HIV-positive".

The quack, sources said, travelled by cycle and visited people's homes to treat them. 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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