21 People Infected With HIV Virus in UP, After Injections With A Common Syringe

| February 6 , 2018 , 14:14 IST

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. A case has been registered against the person administering the injection, an official said.

Chief Medical officer Dr SP Chaudhary said that the matter was detected when the health department launched an investigation following the reports of "high number of HIV cases" in the area.

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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."

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, January 25 and January 27.

The CMO said, "In the camps, 566 people were examined of whom 21 were found to be infected with HIV."

While providing details on the matter he said that the investigation found that Rajendra Kumar, had used a common syringe for injections in the name of cheaper treatment.

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The case against Rajendra has been registered in Bangarmau police station.

He said the patients have been referred to Kanpur's Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) centre.

Speaking about the incident, Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh told reporters, "We are investigating the matter and a thorough mapping is being done. Anyone who sells injections without a proper license will be investigated."