Police Arrest ‘Fake’ Doctor Accused Of Infecting 46 Indians With HIV

FILE PHOTO: Indian villagers and relatives mourns as they gather around the coffin of killed Indian army soldier Havaldar Roshan Lal at Nichla village, in Samba district, about 45km from Jammu, on February 5, 2018. PHOTO: Rakesh BAKSHI / AFP

Indian Police on Wednesday arrested an unlicensed doctor accused of infecting at least 46 people with HIV by re-using a syringe, the latest case to expose the paucity of healthcare in the country of 1.25 billion.

Police in Uttar Pradesh tracked down Rajendra Yadav, who provided cheap door-to-door medical services to poor villagers, after a filing a criminal case against him over the spread of the infection in the northern state’s Unnao district.

“He was arrested on a tip-off and is being questioned about his role in the case,” Unnao police chief Pushpanjali Devi told AFP.

Yadav is facing initial criminal charges of impersonation and endangering human lives, the officer said.

Medical instruments were recovered from his possession are being sent for forensic tests.

India has only limited public healthcare services and that, combined with a lack of regulation, has allowed unlicensed doctors to thrive, particularly in rural areas.

The latest case was exposed when government medical screenings uncovered a high concentration of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the district.

“All these 46 cases are from specific localities within our district,” Unnao’s chief medical officer S.P. Choudhary told AFP.

“This is when we decided to dig deeper. Some of the infected blamed the quack and his use of a single syringe.”

But Choudhary said the high number of cases was unlikely to be down to Yadav alone.

“We don’t think that the quack doctor alone could be a factor for these numbers,” he told AFP.

“The area has a high migrant trucker population, and the prevalence of unprotected sex could be the likely reason.”

India has 2.1 million people infected with HIV, according to the United Nations, although the rate of infection is falling.

It has an estimated 840,000 doctors — one for every 1,674 people — far fewer than the one per 1,000 people recommended by the World Health Organization.

Last week the government announced a national healthcare scheme for half a billion people but did not give details of how much it would cost or how it would be funded.

India spends a little over one percent of GDP on public healthcare — one of the lowest proportions in the world — a sum the government is aiming to increase to 2.5 percent by 2025.

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Fake Doctor Nabbed For Carrying Out Illegal Abortion

Fake Doctor Nabbed For Carrying Out Illegal AbortionA fake doctor who allegedly performed an illegal abortion of a six month pregnancy in Akute, Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State has been arrested.

The crime was uncovered by a supervisory team of the State Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) while monitoring the level of compliance of the re-validation and registration exercise of health facilities in the State.

Chairman of NANNM, Roseline Solarin who disclosed this during an interview added that the fake doctor was also discovered to have organised a graduation ceremony for a fake nurse.

She, however reiterated the readiness of the professional body to lead the fight against quackery in the health sector.

“This particular suspect conducted a graduation ceremony for a fake nurse. Let me assure that the NANNM is now fully ready to cooperate with the State Government in the fight against quackery in the State health sector.

Any nurses or doctor found practicing without the prerequisite certificate would be arrested and prosecuted” Solarin said.

While commending the state government for taking bold steps in fighting quackery in the health sector, Solarin lamented that fake doctors and nurses are gradually taking over the profession but  warned that anyone caught practicing without the prerequisite certificate would be prosecuted and shown the way out of the system.

Reacting to the development, the
declared that government was ready to combat quackery in the health sector to a standstill, expressing regret that a large number of unsuspecting members of the public had been victims of this practice

Ipaye declared that the state would not be a comfort zone for quack health personnel, warning that any health facility caught operating with fake documents or not having the new approved signboards by the state government would be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the state.

“I want to urge members of the public to always patronize approved health facilities that have signboards with the new colour and coded number, which can offer them better and qualitative health care services.

”The Governor has mandated officials of the Ministry to arrest and prosecute anyone found operating facilities with fake documents” Ipaye said.

To send the right signal in this direction, over 60 illegal health facilities were shut down in different parts of the state during similar monitoring exercises in 2016.

How Medical Council Busted Fake Doctor In Ekiti

senateA hospital reportedly being run by a fake doctor has been shut down in Ado Ekiti after the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) discovered that he was not genuine.

The union said that the feat was part of the efforts to curtail quackery in medical practice in the state.

It told reporters that the fake doctor (name withheld) had been handed over to the police for prosecution.

At a press conference in Ado Ekiti, the chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Ekiti State, Dr. Sunday Omoya, said the ‘doctor’, who was operating a hospital named ‘Divine Citadel Health Centre’ in Ajilosun area of the state capital was arrested after his certificates were found to have been forged.

Worked For 11 Years

Dr. Omoya called for the implementation of the National Health Acts 2014 by the Federal Government, to make access to standard healthcare service a compulsion for every Nigerian and for the achievement of universal health coverage.

“The NMA in partnership with MDCN set up a monitoring team to tackle quackery in medical practice. The man in question was reported to the police and was arrested after a screening conducted by the local government where he had worked for 11 years revealed that he was parading fake certificates.

“We reported to the Commissioner of Police and the man will soon face prosecution in court,” he said.

While commending the state government over the proposed bill on State Health Insurance Scheme, the association solicited prompt implementation of the corrected Consolidated Medical Salary Scale for members to serve as a morale -booster and increase their dedications to duties.

The NMA has also raised the alarm over increasing incidences of hypertension and diabetes among Ekiti residents, saying a medical screening conducted on some residents recently in commemoration of the 2016 Physicians’ Week gave an indication that the diseases were becoming endemic

“We held a medical outreach to Afao Ekiti on Monday, October 24 during which about 200 members of the town had free health checkup, blood screening and treatment.

“We were able to find out that non-communicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes are becoming endemic in Ekiti. This may be due to sedentary lifestyles, seasoned food intakes and alcohol consumption brought about by western world”.

The NMA is the national umbrella body for medical doctors in Nigeria.