21 contract HIV after quack reuses syringe

Posted February 07, 2018

A case of medical negligence was reported in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao on Monday where 21 people were infected with HIV virus after an alleged quack used a common syringe to administer an injection.

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

Most are untrained, and some of the cures they offer can be risky, but in India, where the health care system is tremendously challenged, many poor people often feel they have no choice but to pay a few rupees for their services and hope for the best.

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At the end of 2016, it was reported that 2.1 million Indian citizens were living with HIV. Of those, 9,100 were children under age 15. India has enrolled a 20 percent yearly decrease in new contaminations in the course of recent years, as indicated by the report.

The officials held three camps in November and December past year, after being alarmed by the high incidence of HIV reported from the district hospital and health camps held in Bangermau by an NGO.

At least 10 people have been tested positive for HIV in Chakmirpur village. On inquiry, locals said that people used to go to a quack for treatment who used to use a single syringe on everyone.

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"I would have forwarded the letters to the nodal officer (for quacks) to take necessary action", he said. Villagers whined that he would give infusions for all afflictions for small installments, Choudhury said. Amin Welfare Trust, a body appointed by the UP AIDS Control Society, found 13 more people with HIV in Bangarmau in November 2017, and immediately shared the findings with the authorities, said a health department official.

The transmission of HIV through infected syringes, especially among drug users, has been on the increase, despite efforts by the Indian government to control such cases.

The HIV targets the immune system and weakens people's defence systems against infections and some types of cancer.

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