Uttar Pradesh police have tracked down and arrested a quack for infecting about 58 people with HIV over the previous year. Rajendra Yadav, the accused, used the same syringe for multiple patients and a criminal case was filed against him for spreading the infection. According to reports, 33 HIV positive cases were reported last month from three villages he worked in.
The quack used free medicines and a nominal fee of Rs 10 as his sales pitch for years in the town of Bangarmau in a bid to draw in patients from the villages. Speaking to the Press Trust of India, Chief Medical Officer Dr S P Chaudhary said that during a screening session held between April – July in 2017, 12 cases of HIV had been reported from Bangarmau. In another session held in November, 13 more cases were reported.
When the health department noticed the high number of patients, it set up screening camps at all three locations in Bangarmau in 2018. According to NDTV, from the total of 566 people examined in the session, 33 of them were found to be HIV positive. Also, teams from the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) and the UP AIDS Control Society reached Unnao recently and visited the hospital in the district and also the CMO’s office. They have plans to visit areas from where the infections were reported.
The UP health minister Sidharth Nath Singh said that the issue is currently 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 said.