TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -Authorities in India are searching for a phony rural doctor who negligently infected over 30 people with HIV by using a single syringe on multiple patients whom he promised a miraculous and super cheap treatment.
“We are also conducting a mapping exercise and ensuring their treatment along with awareness. As far as the case of anyone giving injections without a license is concerned, strict action will be taken against them,” Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said on Tuesday.
HIV can survive in syringes for up to four weeks. In higher temperatures (27-37°C) common in India the deadly virus becomes inactive within a week.
In India, 57.3 percent of ‘allopathic’ physicians do not have a medical qualification yet practice medicine in rural communities in the country, the World Health Organization (WHO) report on the Health Workforce in India published in 2016 revealed. Furthermore, the report found that 31.4 percent of such doctors only had a high school education.
Yadav has yet to be apprehended. When arrested the quack doctor could be charged with carrying out a negligent act likely to spread infection of diseases, voluntarily causing grievous harm by using dangerous weapons or means, and practicing medicine without having registration as a medical practitioner with the state government, Arun Pratap Singh, a Bangarmau police official, told Reuters.