HIV blood to pregnant woman: HC seeks detailed report from TN govt

HIV blood to pregnant woman: HC seeks detailed report from TN govt

HIV blood to pregnant woman: HC seeks detailed report from TN govt, The Madras high court on Thursday took suo motu cognizance of alleged negligence by medical authorities in which HIV positive blood was transfused to a pregnant woman in Virudhunagar district.

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.

A 23-year-old pregnant woman in Sattur, Virudhunagar was negligently transfused with the blood of a 19-year-old HIV positive man. The responsible gesture of the man informing the blood bank where he donated led to the ultimate discovery that his blood had already been transfused to the woman.

The case sent shockwaves across Tamil Nadu, with the Health Department ordering a test of all blood samples in the state, across government and private hospitals.

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.”

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.

The Tamil Nadu Health Department has terminated the employment of three staff members of the hospital, including the lab technician. The state government also formed an expert committee under the leadership of Dr Sindha, Senior Blood Bank Officer at the Madurai Government Rajaji Hospital, to probe into the matter.