CMO Chaudhury said that a quack, named Rajendra Kumar in Unnao asserted cheaper treatment and used the same syringe to inject multiple patients.
A quack in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao infected at least 21 persons with HIV, using the same syringe to administer injections to Multiple Patients. HIV infection can lead to the deadly disease, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), for which there is no cure available so far.
According to Unnao’s Chief Medical Officer Dr SP Chaudhury, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases were detected following a probe by the health department, launched after the reports of “high number of HIV cases” in the area.
“Seeing the high number cases, the health department constituted a two-member committee which visited various hamlets of Bangarmau to investigate the reasons behind the spike,” said Dr Chaudhury.
The chief medical officer also said that based on the report of the team of officials, who visited Premganj and Chakmirpur areas of Bangarmau, screening camps were held at three places in the area from January 24 to 27.
“In the camps, 566 people were examined of whom 21 were found to be infected with HIV,” said the CMO.
Dr Chaudhury said that following the probe it came out that a quack, named Rajendra Kumar – who is a resident of the neighbouring village – promised cheaper treatment and used the same syringe to Inject Multiple Patients.
Stating that a case has been registered against Kumar in the Bangarmau police station, the CMO said that the mistreatment “was the reason behind the significant rise in the number of HIV cases” in the area.
The patients detected with HIV have been referred to the antiretroviral therapy (ART) centre in Kanpur under which a combination of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs is administered to maximally suppress the HIV and stop its progression. The therapy also prevents the transmission of the deadly virus.
Stating that the matter is being probed, Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said, “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.”
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