At least 21 people are believed to have been infected with HIV after a quack used a common syringe to inject them in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao. Police tracked down Rajendra Yadav after a criminal case was filed against him over the spread of the infection.
Several teams were deployed to catch Rajendra Kumar and he was arrested on Wednesday, Kotwali Police Station in-charge Arun Pratap Singh said. A case has been registered against him on the directive of District Magistrate Ravi Kumar NG. As per health officials, the suspect was using single syringe to administer injections in Bangarmau town of Unnao district.
After noticing the high number of cases, the health department held screening camps at three places in Bangarmau in January this year.
"All these 46 cases are from specific localities within our district", Unnao's chief medical officer S.P. Choudhary told AFP. But Choudhary said the high number of cases was unlikely to be down to Yadav alone.
"The area has a high migrant trucker population, and the prevalence of unprotected sex could be the likely reason". The Indian Medical Association estimates that about 45 percent of the people in India who practice medicine have no formal training.
"He would stay there for two-three hours". For Rs.10, he would provide both medicine and injections to the patients.
According to 2017 data from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), India has 2.1 million people living with HIV.
It has an estimated 840,000 doctors - one for every 1,674 people - far fewer than the one per 1,000 people recommended by the World Health Organization.
"40 positive cases have been found". The camps were set up after several suspected HIV cases showed up during routine tests at the district hospitals in Bangarmau late a year ago, he added.
He said the doctor could be charged with carrying out a negligent act likely to spread infection of diseases, voluntarily causing grievous harm by using risky weapons or means, and practising medicine without having registration as a medical practitioner with the state government.
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