9-year-old tested HIV+ after blood transfusion from RCC

by Kerala | 15-09-2017 | 565 views

Thiruvananthapuram:  The government has constituted an expert team to enquire into the complaint about a 9-year-old child had been undergoing blood transfusion as part of cancer treatment at the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) had later tested HIV +.

The inquiry team headed by Joint Director of Medical Education, K Sreekumari will have experts from pathology department, blood bank and antiretroviral treatment division. The 9-year-old girl suffering from blood cancer has tested positive for HIV allegedly after getting a transfusion of infected blood, the police said. The girl was being treated at the Alappuzha Medical College and Hospital from where she was reffered to the RCC.

Health Minister KK Shylaja has sought an immediate report from the RCC Director on the matter. In a statement, the RCC said that it has launched an internal probe in to the issue. The RCC said that it follows guidelines to ensure that the blood received from donors are free from blood-borne pathogens.

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