After Uttar Pradesh's Unnao HIV cases came to fore, it is now being said that CMO Dr Rajendra Prasad was apprised about the incident in July last year after 12 people from the village of Bangarmau area were tested HIV positive.
After Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao HIV cases came to fore, it is now being said that CMO Dr Rajendra Prasad was apprised about the incident in July last year after 12 people from the village of Bangarmau area were tested HIV positive. Dr S P Chaudhary, then Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS) of the district hospital and now Unnao Chief Medical Officer (CMO), says he sent a letter to Dr Prasad alerting him about a quack who had allegedly spread the virus by using the same syringe on his ‘patients’. However, the letter did not have any considerable repercussion. On February 7, the quack, Rajesh Yadav, was arrested following an FIR registered against him by the Unnao health department. According to a recent probe by the district administration found that atleast 58 residents of these villages had been tested HIV positive including four children.
CMO Chaudhary said, “On July 17 last year, 12 persons from Bangarmau area tested positive for HIV. During counselling, they said they had been ‘treated’ by a local quack, who had injected them using the same syringe. On the basis of the information, I, being CMS of the district hospital then, wrote a letter to then CMO Dr Rajendra Prasad, informing him about the quack.”
Adding further, Chaudhary said that on November 23 last year, 13 more such cases came to light. “After joining as CMO on December 29, I asked the medical department to organise camps in the area,” he says, adding that in these camps held on January 24, 25 and 27 this year, 33 new patients tested positive. The examination process is still ongoing.
Rajesh Yadav for at least year went door to door across three villages in Unnao on his cycle and promised a ”magic treatment” which included an injection and teen pudiya (three packets) for just Rs 10. He administered the treatment to atleast 50 people each day. The injection he used was same for everyone and washed before and after injecting on the next person. Villagers preferred the treatment since it was economically viable.