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Quack doctor infects 33 people with HIV

Police on Tuesday filed a complaint against a quack doctor who infected 33 people in northern India with HIV after a quack doctor used contaminated syringes and needles to administer injections.

A quack doctor has infected 33 people with HIV after using contaminated syringes and needles to administer injections.

The incident occured in northern India. The police in Uttar Pradesh state’s Unnao district have filed a complaint against the suspect identified as Rajendra Yadav.

The district’s chief medical officer SP Choudhary said the suspect has fled the region in anticipation of arrest.

Choudhary said the state’s health department had launched an investigation following reports of the high number of HIV cases from the Bangarmau region.

The official said 33 of 566 people screened were confirmed HIV positive.

India has poor standards of medical care due to lack of doctors and hospitals for its burgeoning population.

Millions of poor in towns and villages rely on quack doctors for cheap treatment, with the Indian Medical Association estimating there are one million fake doctors practising in the country in spite of campaigns by health authorities.

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