In early December the Sattur Government Hospital transfused HIV+ blood to a 23 year old pregnant woman. The blood donor voluntarily informed the lab technicians after learning he had tested positive for HIV.
. The blood donor voluntarily informed the lab technicians after learning he had tested positive for HIV.
According to Joint Director of Health Services, Dr R Manoharan, the woman who was eight months pregnant, came for a check-up at the Sattur Government Hospital. The doctors told her she was anaemic and required a blood transfusion. The woman however, started showing symptoms, such as chills, fever and diarrhoea within a week of the transfusion.
“She is under medical observation. Pediatricians say chances of the infection passing on to her child are low. She will deliver the baby at
Manoharan has assured that they will take steps to provide a job in the Health Department for the lady and her husband. Dr Senthil Raj, project director, said that the lab technician had been careless with procedure.
Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said, “The authorities had hel an inquiry to identify where mistake took place. We will conduct probes to identify all loose ends.”