HIV Positive Cases Detected at Single Health Camp in UP's Unnao

Marsha Scott
February 7, 2018

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's health schemes seem to have been flushed down the toilet after at least 40 cases of people suffering from HIV were reported from Bangarmau in Unnao district, UP.

A health camp organised previous year in the area had revealed the unusually high number of HIV positive cases and when the reason came to light, the health department of the UP government organised three camps in which people were screened, counseled and if possible, offered treatment.

"Forty positive cases have been found". HIV, if untreated, causes AIDS. Kumar had allegedly used one syringe on all in the name of cheaper treatment.

A criminal case was filed against the quack, identified as Rajendra Kumar, on Tuesday. Most of the cases are from Premganj and Chakmirapur villages.

He is a quack, Choudhary said. Of those, 9,100 were youngsters under age 15.

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Critics have in the past blamed a lack of stringent criminal penalties that allow quacks to thrive.

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".

The development has reportedly made Uttar Pradesh health minister Siddharth Nath Singh vow to crackdown on unqualified medics across the state.

At present, India has an estimated 2.1 million people living with HIV. "We are still collecting evidence", the officer told The Hindu when asked if the accused would be arrested. The wife of a daily wage labourer, who stopped getting work after this said they suspected "something was wrong" when a large number of people in the village started falling ill, some with prolonged fever.

According to sources, the victims got infected with HIV after the quack used the same needle to inject drugs in many patients. "So we are also mapping truck drivers", he said.

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