Maha ranks third on the list of states with highest cases of HIV via blood transfusion, says NACO report
Mumbai : A recent report of the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) has come up with an alarming number of 2,234 cases accros the nation wherein people have fallen prey to HIV in the process of blood transfusion, since October 2014 till March 2016.
According to the report, Uttar Pradesh has reported the highest number of cases with a startling number of 361 cases, followed by Gujarat which stands second.
The report has come as a set back for Maharashtra as the state ranks third on the list of states with highest cases of HIV via blood transfusion.
This distressing report was a response to an RTI filed by activist Chetan Kothari who had asked for the ICTC data on transmission of HIV during blood transfusion, across the country.
The report states that from October 2014 to March 2016, a total of 292 cases were reported in Gujarat plcaing it on second position in the list, followed by Maharashtra with 276 cases.
The national capital Delhi stands fourth with a total of 264 cases being reported during the said time span, followed by West Bengal and Karnataka with 135 and 127 cases respectively.
In a vast contrast, the union territories, if compared to the states, have fared well with majority of them reporting zero cases in the last two years.
Along with the union territories, small states like Sikkim, Meghalaya etc too have zero cases reported.