Fake Doctor Infects Over 20 People With HIV Using Contaminated Syringes

Sources said that fake doctors do not use disposable syringes and instead use glass syringes and one needle to inject hundreds of patients.

Choudhary said he was not sure how numerous 33 cases were connected to Kumar, but that an investigation by a state government committee was continuing.

Meanwhile, area councillor Sunil Bangarmau said if proper tests are done, at least 500 cases of HIV would come up. A case has been filed against Kumar and the patients have been referred to Kanpur for treatment.

He is a quack, Choudhary said. "Now, the doctors are checking all the patients, who have been given injection by Rajendra Yadav", he stated. Out of those, 9,100 were children under the age of 15. The Indian Medical Association estimated there are 1 million fake doctors practicing in the country despite campaigns by health authorities.

Chaudhary said, "Seeing the high number cases, the health department constituted a two-member committee which visited various settlements of Bangarmau to investigate the reasons behind the spike".

The therapy involves a combination of anti-retroviral drugs to suppress HIV and stop its progression.

India had a total of 2.1mn people living with HIV at the end of 2016, with new infections that year totalling 80,000.

"We are in the process of recording the statements of the victims and trying to nab the quack", Bangarmau police inspector Arun Kumar Singh said.

Nath Singh informed that efforts were on to arrest the quack.

"An investigation showed that nearly all of them had taken injections from one person", Choudhury said. Reacting to the reports of 40 positive cases of HIV, the medical superintendent said that the concerned authorities have been alerted a future course of action is being designed.

The minister said that the area where the incident took place has lots of truck drivers who stop and use this area for sex.

  • Rogelio Becker