February 21, 2018

Fake doctor infects more than 20 people with HIV through contaminated syringes

07 February 2018, 01:28 | Rex Hubbard

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"The accused has been identified and will be arrested soon".

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

Uttar Pradesh Health Minister has assured an investigation in the connection.

Dr SP Chowdhary, the current CMO, said while he was CMS, he too wrote a letter to Prasad informing him about the regular detection of HIV patients in Bangarmau and calling the situation unusual.

Top health department officials in Unnao were told about a quack transmitting HIV by reusing syringe as early as July 2017, according to officials and an official memo of health department, but they did not take action.

A health camp organised previous year in the area had revealed the unusually high number of HIV positive cases and when the reason came to light, the health department of the UP government organised three camps in which people were screened, counseled and if possible, offered treatment. 9,100 were children under the age of 15.

The small outbreak comes amid a massive shortage of doctors and hospitals in India.

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The investigation revealed that the quack in a neighbouring village had used a single syringe for injection in the name of cheaper treatment. The Indian Medical Association estimated there are 1 million fake doctors practicing in the country despite campaigns by health authorities.

The development has reportedly made Uttar Pradesh health minister Siddharth Nath Singh vow to crackdown on unqualified medics across the state.

The therapy involves a combination of anti-retroviral drugs to suppress HIV and stop its progression.

India had 2.1 million individuals living with HIV toward the finish of 2016, as indicated by an UNAIDS report.

"The matter is being investigated".

An unlicensed doctor in India infected over 40 people with HIV after using the same needle to treat all victims, Times Now reported.

"An investigation showed that nearly all of them had taken injections from one person". For ₹10, he would provide both medicine and injection to the patients. "So we are also mapping truck drivers", he said.

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