April 21, 2018

Fake doctor in India may have infected 21 people with HIV

08 February 2018, 09:52 | Erma Lawrence

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He said the investigation revealed that Kumar, had used a single syringe for injection in the name of cheaper treatment.

A case has been registered against the quack and the patients have been referred to Antiretroviral Therapy centre in Kanpur for treatment. Over time, an HIV infection can develop into AIDS, a progressive failure of the immune system that leaves the body open to life-threatening infections and cancers.

Local health officials said at least 21 people have been found to have contracted HIV during a medical camp in the district.

"A two-member committee had which visited villages in Bangarmau to investigate the reasons behind the increase in such cases", he said.

In a shocking incident, a quack travelling on bicycle ended up giving HIV to at least 20 persons in UP's Unnao. He pretended to be a doctor and treated patients for coughs, colds and diarrhoea, according to USA Today.

Shockingly, they discovered 40 people tested HIV-positive, said Bangarmau Councillor Sunil. "We are mapping truck drivers who come there and offer treatment to others".

Sushil Choudhury, the official, said police were looking for Rajendra Yadav, who fled Bangarmau, a small town in Uttar Pradesh state, after the HIV infections were detected in December a year ago. In higher temperatures (27-37°C) common in India the deadly virus becomes inactive within a week. According to Indian health ministry data, in 2014-15, the country recorded 3,518 cases of HIV infections due to needles, which rose to 4,011 in 2016-17. "They never gave medicine for free but asked to get it from specific medical stores", said Deendayal, one of Yadav's many patients.

Yadav has yet to be apprehended.

Authorities on Tuesday were searching for Rajendra Yadav, who they suspect has fled Bagarmau, a small town in the northern state of Utter Pradesh, said chief medical officer to the Unnao District, Sushil Choudhury.

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