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A 9-year-old blood cancer patient was found HIV positive after getting a transfusion of infected blood at the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) in Thiruvananthapuram. After the incident a team of medical experts began their investigation for this lapse. The victim’s father filed a complaint after the incident.

Taking cognisance of the complaint health minister KK Shylaja directed probe in this matter. The Health minister also added that the government will bear all the expenses of the treatment of the patient.

The patient was earlier treated at Alappuzha Medical College but was later shifted to Regional Cancer Centre. Human rights panel in the state has also demanded a high level inquiry in this matter.

Kerala Human Rights Commission (acting) chairperson P Mohandas told PTI that stringent action should be taken against the hospital staff if they were found guilty. It also urged the Left-led state government to compensate the girl’s family.

“The commission has ordered a high level probe. RCC director and health secretary should submit an explanation regarding the incident within three weeks,” an official release said

Once the patient was brought to Regional Cancer Centre the doctors carried out a number of medical tests including blood tests and the reports revealed that the patient was HIV positive.

First Published | 16 September 2017 11:06 AM
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