HIV Spreads Through Infected Needles In India
Over 33 people have reportedly been affected by HIV as a result of a false doctor’s unprofessional use of a contaminated syringe in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
The false doctor reportedly charged 10 rupees (15 cents) per jab, disguising his scheme of profit under the pretext of a health service.
"When we asked these patients whether they had used common syringes, some of them told us about a doctor they went to who uses the same syringe on all his patients," said SP Choudhary, a senior medical officer.
In attempts to investigate this incident further, federal health officials will search the Unnao district in which the occurrence allegedly took place.
Doctors of the sort, lacking in medical documentation and medical background, are referred to as “Jhola Chhaap doctors” offering cheap services with no guarantee.
Indian Officers are currently searching for the "jhola chhaap doctor” approximately in his 40s who rides a bicycle, commonly sits on a villages’ platforms, and offers questionable cures in the Unnao area.
Police officials said that if arrested, he is likely to face charges such as the spread of dangerous disease, impersonating a doctor and providing medical care with no license.
Still unbeknownst, the precise number of people affected directly correlated to the infected syringe has yet to be confirmed.
In the meantime, government health officials are offering H.I.V. treatment free of charge to all the people who were infected.
The head of the Center of Social Medicine and Community Health at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, Mohan Rao, said the prevalence of “jhola chhaap doctors” was a result of India’s overly saturated medical system.
Mr. Rao claimed that “desperate people find desperate ways to get health care,’’ and added “it’s a failure of Indian society, a failure of Indian politics. We spend the lowest on public health care in the world.’’
According to court filings and Indian government records, over a sixth of the country’s 398 medical schools has been accused of cheating. Among the lowest funding countries in the world, India currently spends a just over 1% of GDP on public healthcare. Good quality state-run hospitals are rare, primary care services are poor and private clinics are too expensive for the locals.