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Pregnant woman in India contracts HIV after blood transfusion into state hospital: Reports

Tamil Nadu: A pregnant woman positively tested HIV after an infected blood was given to a state hospital in Saturn in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, local media reported.

According to Hindu, the woman who was given anemia was given blood that she brought to the government hospital Sivakashi on December 3rd. The blood was from a donor who was unaware that he was positive for HIV in 2016, after donating a blood public hospital.

He donated blood again on November 30 this year.

Shortly after his recent donation, he surrendered to a medical examination and learned that he was HIV positive. Then he went to the government hospital Sivakashi to inform them. At the hospital, he made another test, which confirmed the result.

This led to an investigation, with donated blood being transmitted to the hospital in Saturn.

The pregnant woman, who had previously undergone blood transfusions, was taken for testing and has been shown to be HIV-positive.

State Secretary for Health, J. Rahakrishna, told New Indian Express that he began to show symptoms such as fever, fever and diarrhea within weeks of the transfusion.

The official said: "While the first level of inquiry was conducted to identify where the error occurred, we will conduct further investigations to identify all loose ends," he said. "We will also strengthen the consultation procedure to improve screening."

Dr. K. Sentil Raj, project director of the State Aid Control Authority, said in a report Express that it was believed that the laboratory technician was careless about the procedure. "The laboratory technician marked the blood as HIV negative and stored it. The technician claims to be negative when tested," he said.

"We interrupted the services of a laboratory technician who provided a daily report, an advisor who did not identify the donor in the high risk category, and the blood bank's medical officer.

"While this incident is a serious mistake and teaches an important lesson for the Department of Health, this should not create a panic in donating blood, because the system of blood systems was extremely important for the success of our healthcare system."

The donor's blood was to be transfused into one of his relatives, but was not used, reported Hindu. "It was this unit, stored in the blood, which was given to Sattur GH," said Joint Health Services Director (Virudhunagar) R. Manohar.

"It was the duty of an advisor at the ICTC (Center for Antiretroviral Therapy) to find the man and inform him" after he was positive in 2016, he said.

Hindu quoted him as saying steps would be taken to ensure adequate compensation for the woman. "The health secretary promised to take it with the government. Meanwhile, we offered the driver's work to a public hospital for the husband of a woman."

The doctors also pledged to take care of the woman after the accident. She is expected to give birth in January. It is yet to be determined whether the baby would be infected with HIV.

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