Police suspect that a fake doctor has infected hundreds of villagers with HIV by using a single syringe to administer injections while treating them for the common cold.
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.
Screening camps were held at three places (in Bangarmau) on January 24, January 25 and January 27. "Thirty-eight persons were found reactive while 21 were found positive", Unnao Chief Medical Officer S.P. Chaudhary said.
The news broke on Tuesday, months after the victims, including children, were diagnosed at a health camp organised by an NGO in November previous year in Bangarmau city of Unnao district, reported Times Now news channel.
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At least 21 people have been diagnosed with HIV after a fake doctor reused needles to treat flu patients. We are investigating the matter and accused will be arrested soon as he has been identified.
Choudhary said he was not sure how numerous 33 cases were connected to Kumar, but that an investigation by a state government committee was continuing. Kumar had allegedly used one syringe on all in the name of cheaper treatment.
New HIV infections in the country have decreased by 46% since 2010 and the number of AIDS-related deaths has come down by 22% in the same period.
At the end of 2016, 2.1 million people in India were said to be living with HIV, according to a UNAIDS report.
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Five of those infected were children, mostly under the age of 12 years.
"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.
According to sources, some people had filed a complaint against the quack with the CMO office a few months ago but no apparent action was taken. For ₹10, he would provide both medicine and injection to the patients.
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