Probe begins into HIV+ blood transfusion at MKCG

Berhampur: A five-member doctors’ team visited the blood bank of the MKCG Medical College and Hospital here to begin its probe into the alleged transfusion of HIV-infected blood to a four-year-old thalassemia patient of Bhanjanagar in Ganjam district recently.

The team is headed by Berhampur City Hospital ADMO Dr Saroj Mishra. The minor boy, who is suffering from thalassemia since his birth, has been receiving blood from the Red Cross blood bank in the premises of the MKCG. As per authorities at the Red Cross blood bank, the child had been got blood transfusion 71 times during the last four years.

The team would examine how he got infected with HIV when the parents of the child are not HIV-affected.
The father of the child alleged that future of his son is bleak due to negligence on the part of the Red Cross blood bank and the district administration. “The blood bank staff gave blood to my son without examining it,” said the teary-eyed father.

But MKCG medical college and hospital superintendent Ashok Kumar Behera claimed that the 71 blood units given to the child had been tested and were found to be not containing AIDS causing HIV. However, the district administration has ordered an inquiry into the issue.

Notably, the minor had been taken ill last month and tests proved that he was HIV positive.