Man behind infecting 33 with HIV positive is held but the fear grows in UP town

Rajendra Yadav, the man behind infecting 33 with HIV positive was arrested on Wednesday by the police in Unnao district. Unnao SP Pushpanjali Devi said: “Rajendra Yadav was arrested from near his house at Shivbakshkhera village in the district and will be produced in the court on Thursday”.

The total HIV cases were identified at Premganj, Chakmirpur and Kirwidiyapur villages on health camps held on January 24, 25 and 26 in Bengarmau area. Yadav had gone from door to door for at least a last year across the three villages in Unnao with a ditch promise of ‘magic treatment’- an injection and three packets- with just a price of Rs 10. He continued to treat at least 50 people a day with the same syringe, washing it with water before injecting the next patient.

Case under sections 269 (for negligence likely to spread disease), 308 (for attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the IPC and under Medical Council Act was filed against Yadav on January 31. The complaint was booked by Dr Pramod Kumar Dohrey, the medical Superintendent of Bengarmau Community Health Centre.

People of Prem Ganj is living under the unknown fear. Neeraj Chand (name changed), was just like most men from prem ganj working in nearby grain market but things don’t go smooth for him for a few month ago as there was a continuous pain in his lower back and carrying heavy sacks doesn’t seems to be easy for him. Like many in his neighbourhood he goes for a cheap medical help. But the relief dodge him. When he went to screen HIV cases along with his wife and son, the reports tested positive. For regular check-up and free medication, he must report to Kanpur ART centre which is 50 km away.

This is not just the end of his sufferings as he also has four daughters and with the fear of getting the situations more worse, he doesn’t want them to undergo the test. “I am not fit and don’t earn like before. what will happen if they, too are tested positive? Medicine is free, but I don’t have money to take six people to Kanpur. I can’t even afford the cost of copies and pencils”, he describes painfully.

Ravi Kumar NG said: “the issue needs a detailed study as it goes much deeper and therefore teams from NACO and UPACS spent the day here to analyse the matter. They have recommended holding more health camps to understand the exact issue. Further steps will be taken based on the report filed by the team”.

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