Unlicensed doctor infects at least 33 people with HIV in India

Brandon Parsons
February 7, 2018

A case against quack Rajendra Kumar has been registered in Bangarmau police station, the chief medical officer said.

India's health department then launched an investigation and set up three screening camps for the town's residents. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh health minister said that the matter is now being investigated.

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

Government health officials are offering free HIV treatment to all the people who were infected.

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.

"HIV positive cases were found during a medical health camp in Unnao district", Sidharth Nath Singh, local health minister told media.

He is a quack, Choudhary said. Of those, 9,100 were youngsters under age 15.

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

Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state run by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has a sketchy healthcare record in a country whose spending on medical care ranks among the lowest in the world as a percentage of GDP.

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

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

"We are investigating the matter and will arrest the accused soon", Singh said.

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

In a shocking news that has come to light, it has been discovered that use of a common syringe has left around 40 people infected with HIV. 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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