Pregnant woman given HIV infected blood in Tamil Nadu government hospital

Tamil Nadu government also said stocks in all blood banks would be reviewed to ensure that such incidents did not recur

Tamil Nadu government also said stocks in all blood banks would be reviewed to ensure that such incidents did not recur

A pregnant woman tested positive for HIV after she was given the infected blood at a government hospital in Sattur in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, local media reported.

Shortly after his recent donation, he underwent a medical check-up and found out he was HIV positive.

Joint Director of Health Services Dr R Manoharan reported that a relative of the patient donated blood but that sample was stored by the hospital and the patient's blood requirement was fulfilled by blood stored which had been deposited by another donor at a private laboratory.

While the woman and her husband have lodged a police complaint to seek action against the doctors, nurses and employees of the blood bank, the state government has assured them that it would take the necessary measures for the woman's medical treatment and has also promised compensation. Unoccupied, the officials contacted the woman and her family and issued an order to stop all transfusion from the donated blood until further notice. The woman was administered blood from an HIV-positive young man on December 3 after lab technicians at a government blood bank found nothing wrong in the tests.

He donated blood again on Nov 30 this year. She was transfused with blood brought from the blood bank at Sivakasi (Virudhunagar district) government hospital, earlier this month. It was only after the donor informed the blood bank at Sivakasi government hospital his blood samples were re-tested.

Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan visited the district and spoke to the woman. The quality control of blood donation and storage were being done by an independent agency.

"It was the duty of the counsellor at the ICTC (Anti-Retroviral Therapy Centre) to trace the man and inform him" after he tested positive in 2016, he said.

As a result of the Indian case, three health workers of the blood bank where it happened are under investigation.

Talking to reporters, the woman's husband held the Tamil Nadu government responsible for the incident and demanded that it provide the best treatment to her. It is yet to be determined if the baby would be infected with HIV.

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