HIV blood: Madras HC demands report from TN

Taking suo motu congnisance of the shocking case where a pregnant woman was given HIV+ infected blood during transfusion, the Madras High Court today sought a report from the Tamilnadu government.

A bench of Justice S Vaidyanathan and Justice P T Asha has ordered notice to the State government to submit a detailed report by 3 January 2019, on the action taken in the case.

Speaking to News Today, State Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan, said, “To ensure the fetus is not contracted with the virus, two senior doctors who have been entrusted with the responsibility of providing treatment, have decided to acquire medicines that will be given to the baby once delivered.”

When this reporter asked him about today’s court order, he said they would be complying with it. Request has been made to provide counselling to the family, he added. The dean of Rajaji Government Hospital in Madurai, Dr Shanmugasundaram, has said the woman is being tested again.

“The best possible treatment is being offered to her by a team of doctors in the hospital,” he said and added that the fetus would be safe.

Speaking to reporters, Health Minister Vijayabaskar stated that stringent action would be taken against the technicians who have been found guilty.

Meanwhile, the blood donor who attempted for suicide as he was detected with HIV positive was admitted to Madurai Rajaji Government Hospital. Sources stated his condition to be stable and is out of danger.

The issue of HIV blood transfusion to a pregnant woman has snowballed into a major issue, with political leaders demanding strict action against the persons concerned.

NT Bureau