A two and a half-year-old girl was tested HIV positive after the government hospital transfused infected blood in Coimbatore.
Medical reports suggested that neither her parents nor her twin had the virus that causes AIDS.
The couple hailing from Trichy gave birth to twins, one boy and a girl on Feb 6, 2017. Since the girl was underweight she was given the required treatment. On July 11, 2018, the girl was again admitted to the hospital where the doctors diagnosed her with heart issues and referred her to govt hospital in Coimbatore for advance treatment.
On July 12, 2018, the infant was transfused blood by the hospital that was stopped midway. When inquired by the child’s father, the doctor told that the blood that was being transfused was of an old man and was given by mistake.
“They then discharged her. Later, we noticed lumps on her body and we took her back to the Coimbatore GH. When the tests returned our child was HIV positive,” Girl’s father said.
Apart from this, there are two other allegations stating government hospital patients turning HIV positive and there has been o inquiry by the state health department on it.
The hospital’s dean has refuted the allegations stating that records were double-checked and that nothing wrong was found.
A report by National Aid Control Organisation (NACO) suggests that an estimate of 21.17 lakh people were HIV positive in 2015.