An alleged negligence on the part of the blood bank and civil hospital in Rajkot resulted in a 14-year-old thalassemia-affected child getting infected with HIV.
The child was allegedly given a blood transfusion without it being tested for HIV. The blood was given at KT Children Hospital.
Later the blood report of the child came positive for HIV.
The child used to come to the hospital every fortnight to get a blood transfusion as he was suffering from thalassemia. He had been coming to KT Hospital for blood transfusion since he was 1 year old.
Every six months, the child was required to undergo an HIV test. Ideally, a blood transfusion is done only after the blood is tested for all parameters.
On January 4, the child was taken to Civil Hospital for a blood transfusion. As was the norm the child underwent an HIV test in which his report was positive. When the father inquired about it to the doctor he said he would inquire about it.
Later the family of the affected child along with Congress leader Dr. Hemang Vasavda led a protest outside the Civil Hospital. They also made a representation to the collector in the matter and sought action against those responsible.
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