UP: Quack uses single syringe to treat everyone, 40 HIV

UP: Quack uses single syringe to treat everyone, 40 HIV

UP: Quack uses single syringe to treat everyone, 40 HIV

A case of medical negligence was reported in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao on Monday where 21 people were infected with HIV virus after an alleged quack used a common syringe to administer an injection.

Health officials said taking cognizance of "high number of HIV cases" in the area, a committee was formed to visit various settlements of Bangarmau to investigate the reasons behind the surge.

India's health department then launched an investigation and set up three screening camps for the town's residents.

The area councillor told the media if proper tests are done, more cases of HIV would come up.

A sudden spurt in HIV cases in and around Bangarmau detected in December past year alerted state authorities.

In a shocking incident, a quack travelling on bicycle ended up giving HIV to at least 20 persons in UP's Unnao.

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According to sources, the victims got infected with HIV after the quack used the same needle to inject drugs in many patients.

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. The state government has registered a case against the fake doctor, Rajendra Kumar, and has intensified efforts to arrest him.

New HIV infections in the country have decreased by 46% since 2010 and the number of AIDS-related deaths has come down by 22% in the same period.

The CMO said, "In the camps, 566 people were examined of whom 21 were found to be infected with HIV". Of those, 9,100 were children under age 15.

At the end of 2016, 2.1 million people in India were said to be living with HIV, according to a UNAIDS report. "So we're mapping truck drivers who come there & offer treatment to them".

"Desperate people find desperate ways to get health care, " he said. 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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