An unlicensed self-styled doctor, who is accused of infecting nearly 50 with HIV in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district, was arrested by the police on Wednesday. The quack, Rajendra Yadav, allegedly used the same syringe to inject all patients after which reports surfaced that almost 50 people have been infected with HIV.
Rajendra was reportedly arrested from the house of a relative near Shivbaksh Khera village where he went in a bid to hide from police. According to media reports, Rajendra has been booked under Sections 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease deadly to life) and 308 (culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code and section 15(3) of the Indian Medical Council Act.
Rajendra Kumar had allegedly used a single syringe for injection in the name of cheaper treatment.
Chief medical officer Dr SP Chaudhary said the matter came to light after the health department launched an investigation following reports of “high number of HIV cases” in the area.
“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,” he said.
Chaudhary said the team visited Premganj and Chakmirpur areas of Bangarmau and filed a report, based on which screening camps were held at three places (in Bangarmau) on January 24, 25 and 27.
“In the camps, 566 people were examined of whom 21 were found to be infected with HIV,” the chief medical officer said.
The case against the quack has been registered at Bangarmau police station.
(With agency inputs)