Unlicensed doctor on the run after infecting 40 people with HIV

Unlicensed doctor on the run after infecting 40 people with HIV

The accused, identified as Rajendra Kumar, is absconding.

Health officials said all the 25 affected people have been put on anti-retroviral therapy (ART) at the ART centre of Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial (GSVM) in Kanpur. Over time, an HIV infection can develop into AIDS, a progressive failure of the immune system that leaves the body open to life-threatening infections and cancers.

The camps were set up after several suspected HIV cases showed up amid routine testing at district hospitals late past year, he said.

Authorities suspect Yadav to be the main culprit behind the infections because most of the HIV positive patients were found to have received injections from him.

"After noticing the high number of cases, the health department constituted a two-member committee which visited various hamlets of Bangarmau to investigate the reasons behind the spurt", he said.

Yadav, who is said to be about 35 years old, "treated" colds, coughs and other ailments.

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It was reported that Yadav would visit patients at their homes and give injections for nearly all ailments for meagre payments.

Villagers in the area said they rarely saw the fake doctor change his needles, which is likely what prompted the spread of HIV.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh has assured a proper investigation into the matter. "So we're mapping truck drivers who come there and offer treatment to them". In higher temperatures (27-37°C) common in India the deadly virus becomes inactive within a week. Health directorate sources here said that action would also be taken against the district health officials for their failure to crack down on the quacks operating in the district. Later more people tested HIV positive.

Yadav has yet to be apprehended.

"All these 46 cases are from specific localities within our district", Unnao's chief medical officer S.P. Choudhary told AFP.

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