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Fake doctor infected 21 Indian villagers with HIV by using contaminated syringes

Fake doctor infected 21 Indian villagers with HIV by using contaminated syringes

The health department in Unnao has filed a police case against a quack for using the same needle to administer injections to every patient and infecting over 20 people with HIV.

Villagers in the area said they rarely saw the fake doctor change his needles, which is likely what prompted the spread of HIV. The camps were set up after several suspected HIV cases showed up amid routine testing at district hospitals late a year ago, he said.

Because of India's poor health system, many patients seek "fake doctors" for cheaper treatment.

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

The officials held three camps in November and December previous year, after being alarmed by the high incidence of HIV reported from the district hospital and health camps held in Bangermau by an NGO.

Yadav cycled between villages in the region and offered to treat sick people.

The investigation revealed that the quack in a neighbouring village had used a single syringe for injection in the name of cheaper treatment.




'We ask HIV patients various things to know the source of infection, Choudhary said.

"An examination demonstrated that every one of them had taken infusions from one individual", Choudhury said.

"Screening camps were held at three places in Bangarmau during which 566 people were examined and of them 21 were found to be infected with HIV", chief medical officer Dr. S P Chaudhary said.

"Villagers are ignorant about hygiene", Alam said.

The transmission of HIV through infected syringes, especially among drug users, has been on the increase, despite efforts by the Indian government to control such cases.

Authorities suspect Yadav to be the main culprit behind the infections because most of the HIV positive patients were found to have received injections from him. After some time, a HIV disease can form into AIDS, a dynamic disappointment of the immune system that leaves the body open to hazardous contaminations and growths.


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