HIV blood to pregnant woman: TN orders high level probe, top officials rush to Virudhunagar :
Following the shocking incident in which a pregnant woman from Virudhunagar was transufed with HIV infected blood, all the blood that has been stored in government and private blood banks in tthe district will be retested.
Based on the order of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, a high level team has been formed to investigate the circumstances that led to the transfusion of the infected blood. Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan and other top officials are rushing to the government hospital in Virudhunagar to carry out investigation.
The incident came to light when the blood donor voluntarily informed the lab technicians at the Sivakasi Government Hospital, where he had made the donation, after learning he had tested positive for HIV.
The woman has since tested positive for HIV. Health officials said the services of a lab technician, a counsellor and the blood bank’s medical officer had been terminated.
Joint Director of Health Services (Virudhunagar) R. Manoharan said the woman was given the blood brought from the Sivakasi Government Hospital on December 3. Both hospitals are in Virudhunagar district. The blood was donated on November 30.
The donor underwent a medical check-up soon thereafter when applying for a job abroad, and tested positive for HIV.
The woman has been put on anti-retroviral treatment because doctors say instant detection gives her a chance to live a long life. But the family now has to wait till she delivers her baby to find out if the baby too has been infected with HIV.
Manoharan has ordered a re-test of all blood samples at 10 government blood banks and four private blood banks.
The woman became unwell about a week after her transfusion, Dr K Senthil Raj, project director, State AIDS Control Society, said.
Her symptoms included chills, fever and diarrhoea. Raj said that the fault was probably with the lab technician who mislabelled the donor’s blood. “The technician claims it was negative when tested,” he said.