February 9, 2018

INDIA: 'Fake' Doctor Accused Of Infecting 46 Indian Patients With HIV. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ He Was Arrested And Facing Criminal Charges Of Impersonation And Endangering Lives.

New York Post
written by Associated Press
Tuesday February 6, 2018

LUCKNOW, India — An Indian health official says a fake doctor treating poor villagers for colds, coughs and diarrhea has infected at least 21 of them with HIV by using contaminated syringes and needles.

Sushil Choudhury, the official, says police are looking for Rajendra Yadav, who has fled Bangarmau, a small town in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

The villagers say they rarely saw him changing the needles. Choudhury said Tuesday that probably led to the spread of HIV.

With India’s health care system facing a massive shortage of doctors and hospitals, millions of poor people seek fake doctors for cheap treatment.

India had 2.1 million people living with HIV at the end of 2016, according to UNAIDS.
Asia One News
written by AFP staff
Wednesday February 7, 2018

New Delhi - India is investigating claims an unlicensed doctor infected at least 46 people with HIV by re-using syringes, the latest case to expose the paucity of healthcare in the country of 1.25 billion.

Police in Uttar Pradesh have registered a criminal case against Rajendra Yadav, who provided cheap door-to-door medical services to poor villagers in the northern state.

India has only limited public healthcare services and that, combined with a lack of regulation, has allowed unlicensed doctors to thrive, particularly in rural areas.

The latest case was exposed when government medical screenings uncovered a high concentration of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh.

"All these 46 cases are from specific localities within our district," Unnao's chief medical officer S.P. Choudhary told AFP.

"This is when we decided to dig deeper. Some of the infected blamed the quack and his use of a single syringe." But Choudhary said Yadav, who is still on the run, was unlikely to be the sole factor in the high number of cases.

"We don't think that the quack doctor alone could be a factor for these numbers," he told AFP.

"The area has a high migrant trucker population, and the prevalence of unprotected sex could be the likely reason." India has 2.1 million people infected with HIV, according to the United Nations, although the rate of infection is falling.

It has an estimated 840,000 doctors - one for every 1,674 people - far fewer than the one per 1,000 people recommended by the World Health Organisation.

Last week the government announced a national healthcare scheme for half a billion people, but did not give details of how much it would cost or how it would be funded.
This is what happens when the government runs the healthcare system in your nation.  India has socialized healthcare that many in the United States want here. So when you hear people in the United States praise India's social healthcare system, that should be a clue of their dishonesty and lack of integrity. (emphasis mine)
India spends a little over one percent of GDP on public healthcare - one of the lowest proportions in the world - a sum the government is aiming to increase to 2.5 per cent by 2025.

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Punch
written by AFP staff
Wednesday February 7, 2018

Indian police Wednesday arrested an unlicensed doctor accused of infecting at least 46 people with HIV by re-using a syringe, the latest case to expose the paucity of healthcare in the country of 1.25 billion.

Police in Uttar Pradesh tracked down Rajendra Yadav, who provided cheap door-to-door medical services to poor villagers, after a filing a criminal case against him over the spread of the infection in the northern state’s Unnao district.

“He was arrested on a tip-off and is being questioned about his role in the case,” Unnao police chief Pushpanjali Devi told AFP.

Yadav is facing initial criminal charges of impersonation and endangering human lives, the officer said.

Medical instruments were recovered from his possession are being sent for forensic tests.

India has only limited public healthcare services and that, combined with a lack of regulation, has allowed unlicensed doctors to thrive, particularly in rural areas.

The latest case was exposed when government medical screenings uncovered a high concentration of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the district.

“All these 46 cases are from specific localities within our district,” Unnao’s chief medical officer S.P. Choudhary told AFP.

“This is when we decided to dig deeper. Some of the infected blamed the quack and his use of a single syringe.”

But Choudhary said the high number of cases was unlikely to be down to Yadav alone.

“We don’t think that the quack doctor alone could be a factor for these numbers,” he told AFP.

“The area has a high migrant trucker population, and the prevalence of unprotected sex could be the likely reason.”

India has 2.1 million people infected with HIV, according to the United Nations, although the rate of infection is falling.

It has an estimated 840,000 doctors — one for every 1,674 people — far fewer than the one per 1,000 people recommended by the World Health Organization.

Last week the government announced a national healthcare scheme for half a billion people, but did not give details of how much it would cost or how it would be funded.

India spends a little over one percent of GDP on public healthcare — one of the lowest proportions in the world — a sum the government is aiming to increase to 2.5 percent by 2025.

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