Probe in Uttar Pradesh after 40 found HIV positive

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A fake medical practitioner allegedly used a single syringe for injections while promising affordable treatment to his patients.

. "Villagers have told us that the quack used to charge Rs 10 per shot", Unnao chief medical superintendent (CMO) Dr told TOI on Monday.

The doctor has been identified as Rajendra Kumar, also known as Rajendra Yadav to the locals.

A case has been registered against the quack and the patients have been referred to Antiretroviral Therapy centre in Kanpur for treatment.

A sudden spurt in HIV cases in and around Bangarmau recognized in December a year ago cautioned state specialists.

The incident came to light when a government-run health camp was held in the town in November, finding a high number of HIV cases.

"As of now, he is the one responsible for so many people catching HIV infection".

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".

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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. "We are mapping truck drivers who come there and offer treatment to them also", said Siddhartha Nath Singh, UP health minister.

Yadav reportedly traveled to see people via bicycle and treated patients outdoors, likely reusing glass syringes to treat mild symptoms like colds, coughs and diarrhea.

HIV can survive in syringes for up to four weeks.

In India, 57.3 percent of "allopathic" physicians do not have a medical qualification yet practice medicine in rural communities in the country, the World Health Organization (WHO) report on the Health Workforce in India published in 2016. "While 25 of the 38 tested positive for HIV, reports of the remaining 13 are awaited".

Yadav has yet to be apprehended.

"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.

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