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

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A fake doctor treating poor villagers in northern India for colds, hacks and looseness of the bowels has tainted no less than 21 of them with HIV by utilizing contaminated syringes and needles, a health official said Tuesday.

Twenty-one cases of the virus were confirmed during government-organized screening camps at the end of January, according to Choudhary.

At least 10 people have been tested positive for HIV in Chakmirpur village.

According to Times Now, the fake doctor allegedly used a single needle on all patients in the guise of cheaper treatment.

Rajendra Kumar allegedly infected patients in a village in the Uttar Pradesh region with the deadly virus a year ago, but local media broke news of the incident on Tuedsay, Feb. 6, months after the victims, who reportedly include children, were diagnosed at a free health camp in the village.

Singh said Kumar had gone into hiding and police were searching for him.

Choudhary added he's unsure how numerous confirmed cases are directly related to Yadav.

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Sushil Choudhury said here on Monday that the quack used to inject injections with one needle, leading to spread of this deadly disease. About 9,000 of those were under 15. The Indian Medical Association estimated there are 1 million fake doctors practicing in the country despite campaigns by health authorities.

Critics have in the past blamed a lack of stringent criminal penalties that allow quacks to thrive. Those who have tested positive are reported to be receiving treatment at a government college in Kanpur Uttar Pradesh.

U.P. Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh has ordered a probe and said the accused would be arrested soon.

ART also helps prevent transmission of HIV.

"The matter is being investigated".

Officials informed that a medical camp was organised by the state's health department at Bangarmau in Unnao district on February 3 and during Elisa and other confirmatory tests, 40 persons were found to be infected by HIV.