A fake doctor from Uttar Pradesh accused of spreading HIV to Villagers

A fake doctor from Uttar Pradesh accused of spreading HIV to Villagers

A fake doctor from Uttar Pradesh accused of spreading HIV to Villagers
February 07
10:31 2018

Gooogle News Team | by Melissa |

A fake doctor treating poor villagers for colds, coughs and diarrhea in Bangar Mau, in Uttar Pradesh was accused of spreading at least 21 with HIV by using contaminated syringes and needles.

Rajendra Yadav, who seems to be a fake doctor, has fled Bangar Mau, after the HIV infections were detected in December last year. Mr.Yadav used same syringe to all his patients while charging Rs.10 for minor ailments like cold and cough as the villagers are ignorant about hygiene.

HIV – or the human immunodeficiency virus – is transmitted through blood transfusion, use of infected needles and syringes; it weakens the body’s immune system, making it susceptible to various infections.
A sudden raise in HIV cases in and around Bangar Mau a small town of Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh, detected in December last year alerted state authorities. “An investigation showed that almost all of them had taken injections from one person.” said a State Official. “This was an important lead. We set up special medical camps in villages in the area and checked 566 people, and 33 were found to be HIV positive.”

When India has registered a 20 percent annual decline in new infections over the past few years, this incident raised many eyebrows both in the Government as well as public. According to a UNAIDS report India had 2.1 million people living with HIV at the end of 2016, out of which 9,000 were children under age 15.

When compared to other States, north India is facing a massive shortage of doctors and hospitals, thousands of poor people seek fake doctors for cheap treatment.

Fake doctors in India are routinely arrested for posing as qualified doctors due to shortage of official doctors. Around 45% of medical practitioners in India are not formally trained, according to a report of Indian Medical Association. Unqualified medical practitioners do not use disposable syringes, instead using glass syringes and one needle to inject hundreds of patients.

Still it is not clear how many of the confirmed cases were contracted from the alleged used syringe. The State health officials of Uttar Pradesh will visit Unnao district, where the incident occurred, to investigate the matter. Local police are also probing the matter, and are on the lookout for the suspect who is believed to be in hiding or ran away.
Mr. Sidharth Nath Singh, Health Minister, Uttar Pradesh said that many truck drivers in the area are also carriers of the disease, stated that this could be another reason.

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