Tamil Nadu: Pregnant woman transfused with HIV-infected blood at govt hospital

Governance       Pregnant woman contracts HIV in TN after govt hospital gives her ‘contaminated’ blood
       	        PTI         26 December 2018

Governance Pregnant woman contracts HIV in TN after govt hospital gives her ‘contaminated’ blood PTI 26 December 2018

Virudhunagar: A 24-year-old pregnant woman contracted HIV allegedly after being transfused contaminated blood supplied by a blood bank which failed to conduct proper screening for the virus in Virudhunagar, prompting the Tamil Nadu government to order examination of stocks in all blood banks of the state.

An employee of a blood bank attached to a government hospital in Sattur, near Virudhunagar, has been dismissed, while two others have been suspended in connection with the incident, health department officials said on Wednesday. He had gone to the private lab to get his blood tested before applying for a job overseas.

Blood donations in government and private hospitals were being done under the supervision of the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society. Further investigation also revealed that the pregnant woman had undergone blood transfusion from the HIV-infected donor.

However, when the man went for a subsequent test to a private clinic, he tested positive for HIV there.

The HIV positive blood had been donated by a young man on November 30 and given to the woman on December 3 after technicians at a government blood bank's laboratory found nothing wrong in the tests.

State Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan told the New Indian Express that she started showing symptoms such as chills, fever and diarrhea within weeks of the transfusion. However, his relative's blood need had been met, hence the blood was screened and labelled "safe".

"It should not have happened, we have initiated technical inquiries to find out how it happened". Now all blood donations are carefully tested for HIV.

A detailed medical treatment is also underway for the woman to ensure the virus does not affect her foetus, the minister said, adding, the government is also giving all livelihood assistance to the family.

The Hindu quoted him as saying that steps would be taken to provide the woman with appropriate compensation. As she is infected with HIV positive, even her baby might have a slight chance of acquiring the same. The husband said that he does not want any job from the government but only the best treatment for his wife.

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