Quack accused of infecting people with HIV arrested in India

World       by Muhammad Irfan | Published

World by Muhammad Irfan | Published

Rajesh Yadav alias Rajendra, the quack accused of infecting at least three dozen persons with HIV in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh through multiple use of syringes was on Thursday sent to judicial custody, police said.

Arun Pratap Singh, a Bangarmau police official, said an investigative file had been opened against the suspect doctor identified as Rajendra Kumar.

After noticing the high number of cases, the health department held screening camps at three places in Bangarmau in January this year. "Thirty-eight persons were found reactive, while 21 were found positive", Unnao Chief Medical Officer SP Chaudhary said.

"The area has a high migrant trucker population, and the prevalence of unprotected sex could be the likely reason".

Choudhary said he was not sure how numerous 33 cases were connected to Kumar, but that an investigation by a state government committee was continuing. As he offered cheap medical services, patients crowded at his makeshift clinic, inspector Singh said.

"Patients have told us this man is about 35 years old and would go around on a bicycle, giving out pills and injections to treat colds, coughs and other ailments".

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Health camps have been set up by the local health authorities to curtail the spread of HIV. India has 2.1 million people infected with HIV, according to the United Nations, although the rate of infection is falling.

An unqualified medical practitioner accused of infecting dozens of people with HIV in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh has been arrested, February 7, 2018.

It has an estimated 840,000 doctors - one for every 1,674 people - far fewer than the one per 1,000 people recommended by the World Health Organization.

It was during a routine screening held from April to July that as many as 12 HIV positive cases were reported from Bangarmau tehsil alone. If proper tests are done, at least 500 cases would come up. If proper tests are done, at least 500 cases would come up.

"That story [linking the quack's use of a single syringe to the high incidence of HIV in Bangermau] is not very much conclusive or true".

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