Unlicensed Doctor Infects 40 People With HIV, Including Children

Unlicensed Doctor Infects 40 People With HIV, Including Children

An unlicensed doctor used a single syringe on his patients in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh, local media reports.

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 Yogi Adityanath government has sought a report after 40 people were found infected with HIV after they were given injection with the same needle by a quack in Unnao district.

The officials held three camps in November and December a year ago, after being alarmed by the high incidence of HIV reported from the district hospital and health camps held in Bangermau by an NGO.

Rajendra Yadav, the accused in the particular case, is believed to be in hiding since the launch of the police investigation. "Later, we organised camps and conducted tests on over 500 people and found that 20 had been infected".

Speaking about the incident, Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh told reporters, "We are investigating the matter and a thorough mapping is being done".




"We are in the process of recording the statements of the victims and trying to nab the quack", Bangarmau police inspector Arun Kumar Singh said.

The quack is said to be on the run. "He would stay there for two-three hours".

Locals allege that the quack used to use one syringe for injections on every patient and possibly infected others by a needle used on an Aids patient. People flocked to him in large numbers.

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.

It is also being suspected that numerous truck drivers dislodge themselves in which is a transit point and might be acting as the HIV carriers. Which is what likely sparked the small outbreak of HIV.

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