Thursday, 22 February, 2018

21 infected with HIV after Unnao quack used same syringe: UP official

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Melissa Porter | 06 February, 2018, 15:47

A case of medical negligence was reported in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao on Monday where 21 people were infected with HIV virus after an alleged quack used a common syringe to administer an injection.

Dohare said people spoke about a quack during counselling.

At least 40 people have been tested HIV positive in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where an unqualified doctor had allegedly used a single syringe to treat all of his patients in the area, according to local media reports.

Teams visited the region to hold screening camps at the end of January. On further medical tests, they were found HIV positive. "If proper tests are done, at least 500 cases would come up", said area councillor Sunil Bangarmau, according to The Logical Indian, citing local news wire service ANI.

"In the camps, 566 people were examined of whom 21 were found to be infected with HIV", the CMO said.

He said the investigation revealed that the quack, Rajendra Kumar, living in a neighbouring village, had used a single syringe for injection in the name of cheaper treatment.

A case has been registered against Kumar in Bangarmau police station, the officer said.

ART consists of a combination of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to maximally suppress HIV and stop its progression.

The UP Health Ministry has taken cognizance of the case and has assured action against the culprits. Choudhury said Tuesday that probably led to the spread of HIV. Since it's a transit point, HIV carriers are likely to come there.

State health minister Sidharth Nath Singh told reporters that the patients had been referred to the anti-retroviral therapy centre in the nearby city of Kanpur.