UP quack leaves 40 infected with HIV

Kelvin Reese
February 8, 2018

Since it's a transit point, HIV carriers are likely to come there. The Yogi Adityanath government has also ordered a probe.

Rajendra Yadav is not qualified to treat people. The youngest of his victim is a six-year-old while numerous patients are in their 70s, officials said.

Sushil Choudhury, the official, said police were looking for Rajendra Yadav, who fled Bangarmau, a small town in Uttar Pradesh state, after the HIV infections were detected in December past year. "So we're mapping truck drivers who come there and offer treatment to them".

Hundreds of patients residing around Unnao City in India might be infected with the deadly human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) after falling victim to a man who cycled around three villages for over a year, offering a "magic treatment" for 10 Indian rupees ($0.16).

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. Most of the cases are from Premganj and Chakmirapur villages.

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The reports from Deccan Herals said that, District officials said that an FIR had been lodged in this connection and the police had launched a hunt to nab the quack.

The camps were set up after several suspected HIV cases showed up amid routine testing at district hospitals late a year ago, he said. "During another screening in November, another 13 cases were reported from the same place", Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr S P Chaudhary said.

Health officials said taking cognizance of "high number of HIV cases" in the area, a committee was formed to visit various settlements of Bangarmau to investigate the reasons behind the surge.

Officials informed that a medical camp was organised by the state's health department at Bangarmau in Unnao district on February 3 and during Elisa and other confirmatory tests, 46 persons were found to be infected by HIV. "They have all been sent to the Kanpur Medical Hospital where they are under anti-retroviral therapy and drugs are being administered to stop any progression".

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