Local police are also probing the matter, and are on the lookout for the suspect who is believed to be in hiding. “Medical research shows that the spread of HIV through infected needles could be just 0.3% as the virus cannot survive in open air,” Dr Tanymay Kakkad, a member of the investigating team, told media. “As far as the case of anyone giving injections without a license is concerned, strict action will be taken against them,” he added. The 33 people confirmed with HIV were among 566 people who were tested at a screening camp organized by the government.
Bangarmau, where the fake doctor practiced, has a higher rate of HIV when compared to adjoining areas that reported almost no cases/ Unqualified medical practitioners in India are routinely arrested and around 45% of medical practitioners in India are not formally trained, according to the Indian Medical Association. Millions of people in towns and villages rely on quack doctors for cheap treatment.