Friday, 18 January, 2019

Pregnant woman given HIV infected blood in Tamil Nadu government hospital

A woman holds her stomach at the last stages of her pregnancy A woman holds her stomach at the last stages of her pregnancy
Melissa Porter | 27 December, 2018, 15:10

Three lab technicians were suspended for alleged lapses over the last two years. By the time he alerted the government hospital, his blood was already transfused into the pregnant woman.

On December 3, when the pregnant woman visited the Sattur government hospital for a medical check-up, she was found to be anaemic and doctors advised a blood transfusion. The stability of his condition is unknown, although it has been reported that he has managed to survive the trauma.

Shortly after his recent donation, he underwent a medical check-up and found out he was HIV positive. It was only after the donor informed the blood bank at Sivakasi government hospital his blood samples were re-tested.

The state government said it was making all efforts to prevent the impact of the virus on the woman, and stocks in all blood banks would be reviewed to ensure that such incidents did not recur.

Later, a probe was conducted by a team of medical officers that includes Tamil Nadu State Aids Control Society Deputy Director and officials from Antiretroviral therapy (Art) Centre. "The technician claims it was negative when tested", he said. However, his relative's blood need had been met, hence the blood was screened and labelled "safe".

"While this incident is a serious error and has taught an important lesson to the Health Department, this should not create panic around blood donation, as the blood bank system has been extremely crucial to the success of our healthcare system".

Infections resulting from blood transfusion are a rare occurrence. The case has been reported from Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district.

The woman has been put on anti-retroviral treatment because doctors say instant detection gives her a chance to live a long life.

The Hindu quoted him as saying that steps would be taken to provide the woman with appropriate compensation. "Meanwhile, we have offered the job of a driver at Government hospital to the woman's husband". "The Health Secretary has promised to take it up with the Government". But the family now has to wait till she delivers her baby to find out if the baby too has been infected with HIV.