Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Fake Doctor Infects Over 20 People With HIV Using Contaminated Syringes

UP Quack uses single syringe to treat everyone 40 HIV+ cases reported in Bangarmau Representational image
Carol Daniels | 07 February, 2018, 01:26

The health department in Unnao has filed a police case against a quack for using the same needle to administer injections to every patient and infecting over 20 people with HIV.

The villagers say they rarely saw him changing the needles.

"An investigation showed that nearly all of them had taken injections from one person", Choudhury said.

With India's health care system facing a massive shortage of doctors and hospitals, millions of poor people seek fake doctors for cheap treatment.

According to World Health Organization, HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 35 million lives so far.

It was reported that Yadav would visit patients at their homes and give injections for nearly all ailments for meagre payments.

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.

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"I would have forwarded the letters to the nodal officer (for quacks) to take necessary action", he said.

"This was an important lead".

Officials informed that a medical camp was organised by the state's health department at Bangarmau in Unnao district on February 3 and during Elisa and other confirmatory tests, 40 persons were found to be infected by HIV.

According to medical officials, he told many of his patients that an injection would make them feel better, and the patients said he kept reusing the same syringe without cleaning it. Of those, 9,100 were youngsters under age 15. Villagers whined that he would give infusions for all afflictions for small installments, Choudhury said.

HIV - or the human immunodeficiency virus - is transmitted through blood transfusion, use of infected needles and syringes, unprotected sex, or from mother to child. HIV, if untreated, causes AIDS.

It debilitates the body's immune system, making it vulnerable to different diseases.

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