Stalin attacks TN govt over HIV blood transfusion issue

Chennai: Opposition DMK Wednesday lashed out at the ruling AIADMK over the transfusion of HIV infected blood to a pregnant woman, saying it showed how the state-run hospitals function under this “corrupt government.”

Party president M K Stalin in a tweet said “blood boils” over the incident and demanded a review of all stocks in blood banks. “Can there be a better example of the way government hospitals function under this corrupt government,” he said in the tweet in Tamil.

Stalin urged Health Minister C Vijayabaskar to be more pro-active. The CPI (M) state unit demanded appropriate medical treatment for the victim and a compensation of Rs 1 crore to her.

Party’s state unit secretary K Balakrishnan also sought legal action against the guilty persons. A 24-year-old pregnant woman in Virudhunagar district contracted HIV allegedly after being transfused contaminated blood supplied by a blood bank attached to a government hospital earlier this month.

The state government Wednesday ordered examination of stocks in all blood banks while three lab technicians of the blood bank attached to a government hospital in Sattur in Virudhunagar district had been terminated.