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

Anita Tucker
February 8, 2018

Kumar treated at least 50 people a day with the same injection, cleaning it with plain water, before injecting the next patient, locals told The Indian Express.

"Yadav used to give us respect and was polite". On inquiry, locals said that people used to go to a quack for treatment who used to use a single syringe on everyone. He said the patients have been referred to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) centre in Kanpur. The group works with HIV and Aids patients in the region.

Chaudhary said, "Seeing the high number cases, the health department constituted a two-member committee which visited various settlements of Bangarmau to investigate the reasons behind the spike".

In a shocking incident, the callousness of a quack has led to at least 20 persons having been found HIV positive in UP's Unnao. "He is a quack".

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

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

The development has reportedly made Uttar Pradesh health minister Siddharth Nath Singh vow to crackdown on unqualified medics across the state. "We are mapping truck drivers who come there and offer treatment to others". When arrested the quack doctor could be charged with carrying out a negligent act likely to spread infection of diseases, voluntarily causing grievous harm by using risky weapons or means, and practicing medicine without having registration as a medical practitioner with the state government, Arun Pratap Singh, a Bangarmau police official, Reuters. According to Indian health ministry data, in 2014-15, the country recorded 3,518 cases of HIV infections due to needles, which rose to 4,011 in 2016-17. On further medical tests, they were found HIV positive.

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