Rajendra Yadav, an impostor claiming to cure patients with his ‘magic treatment’ instead allegedly infected 33 people with HIV across three villages in Unnao. He was arrested on Wednesday. The quack used to administer his ‘treatment’ with an injection and through three packets of medicine to at least 50 people per day using the same syringe, washing it with water before injecting the next patient. A recently concluded investigation found at least 33 residents of these villages had tested HIV positive and officials believe Yadav’s use of the same syringe caused the infections spread across the last 10 months. According to police officials several teams were deployed to arrest the accused, who was preferred by the villagers in Bangarmau as the treatment was cheaper than government medicine. The district health department has registered an FIR against Yadav.
Unnao Chief Medical Officer (CMO) S P Chaudhry said that during a routine screening held from April to July last year, as many as 12 HIV positive cases were reported from Bangarmau tehsil alone. Then during a second screening held in November 2017, another 13 cases were reported from the same place. A two-member team was constituted after so many cases came to light to visit the Bangarmau hamlets to investigate the reason behind the spike. CMO revealed that 33 cases were reported in three health camps held on January 24, 25 and 26 in Premganj, Chakmirpur and Kirwidiyapur. The team uncovered that among the 566 people who were examined 33 were found to be infected with HIV. Chaudhry said that 58 people were reported to be infected with HIV in the Bangarmau area.
These patients have been referred to Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART) centre in Kanpur. ART consists of a combination of anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs to maximally suppress the HIV and stop its progression.