HIV from quack's needle


Mehtab Alam, an undertaking administrator for Raza Hussain Memorial Charitable Trust, said that fake doctors don't utilize expendable syringes, rather utilizing glass syringes and one needle to infuse several patients. "If we got good government health care, why would so many flock to Yadav", a local resident the Indian Express.

Pramod Kumar Dohare, medical superintendent of Bangarmau Community Health Centre in the Uttar Pradesh district, registered the case on January 30.

New HIV infections in the country have decreased by 46% since 2010 and the number of AIDS-related deaths has come down by 22% in the same period. "There can be other reasons, but initial investigation puts the onus on him", said SP Chowdhary, the chief medical officer for the city of Unnao, to the Hindustan Times. "Now, the doctors are checking all the patients, who have been given injection by Rajendra Yadav", he stated. "Later, we organised camps and conducted tests on over 500 people and found that 20 had been infected".

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

Sushil Choudhury, the official, said police were looking for Rajendra Yadav, who fled Bangarmau, a small town in Uttar Pradesh state, after the HIV infections were detected in December previous year. "So we're mapping truck drivers who come there & offer treatment to them". Health directorate sources here said that action would also be taken against the district health officials for their failure to crack down on the quacks operating in the district. "They have all been sent to the Kanpur Medical Hospital where they are under anti-retroviral therapy and drugs are being administered to stop any progression".

Yadav has yet to be apprehended. The quack used the same needle for all the victims, the health department lodged a complaint with Bangarmau police station.

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