20 People Infected With HIV After Using Common Syringe

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Kanpur: In a disturbing and shocking incident in Uttar Pradesh, around 40 people of a village in Unnao were found HIV positive after a quack who was treating them allegedly used an infected needle to treat all the victims.

Following the report the health department has lodged a complaint with Bangarmau police station. As per reports, the quack, one Rajendra Kumar in some media reports, ended up giving the dreaded HIV infection to almost 20 people after he used the same infected needle to treat all the victims in the guise of ‘cheaper treatment’.

The truth behind this horrifying medical apathy was revealed when a non-governmental organisation (NGO) organised a health camp in the village in November 2017 where they discovered that a ‘high number’ of people were carrying HIV symptoms, the report said.

“40 positive cases have been found. If proper tests are done, at least 500 cases would come up. It is being told that the people here used to go to a quack for treatment of diseases. He used a single syringe on all of them,” Bangarmau Councillor, Sunil, told ANI.

Authorities organised three health camps, where out of 400 people, 40 were diagnosed with HIV symptoms. Twenty people, including children, have been found HIV positive and the rest were being treated at Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Centre in Kanpur.

Meanwhile, medical superintendent of CHC Dr Pramod Kumar Dohre has lodged a complaint in the case. “We had set up health camps where these cases were found to be confirmed. We have received orders and are deciding our further course of action, stated Kumar.

Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh assured action and a crackdown on such ‘quacks’ across the state.

“The matter is being investigated. Action will be taken against culprits and those who practice without a license. Since it’s a transit point, HIV carriers are likely to come there. So we’re mapping truck drivers who come there and offer treatment to them,” Singh told ANI.