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Uttar Pradesh: 46 infected by HIV as fake doctor uses tainted syringes

Uttar Pradesh: 46 infected by HIV as fake doctor uses tainted syringes

LUCKNOW: At least 46 people have become infected with HIV in a tehsil in the last 10 months, allegedly after a quack used a common syringe to administer injection, prompting the state government to intensify its efforts to nab the culprit, an official said.

The fake doctor treating poor villagers for colds, coughs and diarrhea has infected them with HIV by using contaminated syringes and needles.

The villagers say they rarely saw him changing the needles. Choudhury said Tuesday that probably led to the spread of HIV.

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

India had 2.1 million people living with HIV at the end of 2016, according to UNAIDS.

“During a routine screening from April to July, 12 HIV positive cases were reported from Bangarmau tehsil alone. During another screening in November, another 13 cases were reported from the same place,” Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr S P Chaudhary said.

“In these camps, 566 people were examined, of whom 21 were found to be infected with HIV,” the CMO said, adding in all 46 people were infected with the deadly virus.

Unnao was in the news in December last year, when the district administration suspended the chief medical officer after reports surfaced that 32 cataract patients were operated upon in torch light for want of steady electricity supply at a state-run facility.

He said the investigation revealed that the quack, Rajendra Kumar, living in a neighbouring village, had used a single syringe for injection in the name of cheaper treatment.

PTI inputs