Tamil Nadu: Another woman complains of HIV infection through transfusion

Chennai: Even asthe National Human Rights Commission has ordered notice to Tamil NaduGovernment on a case of a pregnant woman acquiring HIV infection through bloodtransfusion, another complaint has cropped in the State.

A 30-year-old woman in Chennai has now gone public allegingthat she had acquired HIV infection after getting two units of blood transfusedat the Government Kilpauk Medical College (KMC) Hospital when she was pregnantearlier this year. However, KMC Dean P Vasanthamani insisted that onlyuninfected blood units were transfused on the woman. The woman said a PHC hadin April referred her to the KMC to undergo blood transfusion as herhaemoglobin count was very low. “At that time my health records showed that Iwas ”HIV negative”. However, months after transfusion in August KMC stafftested my blood and said I was ”HIV positive.”

They then tested my husband”s blood which showed ”HIV negative”. And I delivered a baby which was also HIV negative. But now my relatives have disowned me,” she lamented. The woman had submitted various complaints to senior Health Department officials including the Minister. “I am coming out to speak publicly now after learning about the other woman who acquired infection through blood transfusion in south Tamil Nadu,” she said. However, the KMC Dean said, “The woman did not have any records to prove that she was HIV negative before the blood transfusion. The PHC staff had made an entry on her health card as ”HIV negative” based on some records given by a private clinic.”

By Dravida Thambi

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