Conman infects 21 people with HIV while pretending to be a doctor

Gwen Vasquez
February 7, 2018

A fake doctor, who treated poor villagers with coughs and colds, has infected 21 patients with HIV by using contaminated syringes and needles.

By 2016 UNAIDS reported a 20% annual decline in new HIV cases despite 2.1 million people living with the disease that year.

The health department had recently ordered an investigation to be conducted by a two-member committee following unusually high number of HIV cases being reported from the area.

Teams visited the region to hold screening camps at the end of January. "We set up special medical camps in villages in the area and checked 566 people, and 21 were found to be HIV-positive".

Arun Pratap Singh, a Bangarmau police official, said an investigative file had been opened against the suspect doctor identified as Rajendra Kumar.

"The patients had informed health officials that they developed the condition after being injected by the quack, who used a single syringe to inject all his patients", the letter, a copy of which is with the Hindustan Times, said. Twenty persons, including some kids, have been confirmed to be HIV positive, while the rest are being tested in ART Centre, Kanpur.

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

State Health Minister Sidhartha Nath Singh told PTI, "It was because of the health camps that such cases came to our notice". Choudhury said that probably led to the spread of HIV.

"40 positive cases have been found". "We are still collecting evidence", the officer told The Hindu when asked if the accused would be arrested.

The state health minister added that action will be taken against the culprits and those ones who practice medicine without the license.

Taking serious note of the matter, the Uttar Pradesh government had then suspended CMO Rajendra Prasad and also removed the in-charge of Nawabganj community health centre. Which is what likely sparked the small outbreak of HIV.

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