Two government health institutions – the Sagar district hospital and the Bhopal-based Hamidia hospital – and a private blood bank in Sagar are under scanner after two thalassemic children got infected with HIV following blood transfusions there.
An eight-year-old girl from Rahatgarh town and a four year-old-boy from a village in Sagar district had underwent blood transfusions at these three medical facilities.
According to NACO’s National Blood Safety Programme, blood banks should mandatorily test every unit of blood for grouping, cross matching and testing for HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and C and Malaria before issuing it for transfusion.
Civil Surgeon, Sagar, Dr IS Thakur told HT that an inquiry is on to ascertain where the two kids had contracted the infection. “We will investigate whether the blood was from a donor in ‘window period’ (the time between the actual infection and when it is detectable by lab tests). During the window period, a person doesn’t know about HIV infection. If the person donates blood within this period, the receiver can get infected,” he said.
State AIDS Control Society joint director Dr Savita Thakur said HIV test of donated blood is based on detection of antigens.
“This window period, when the body is yet to create enough detectable antigens that show in the tests, ranges from 15 days to six months... So a blood sample, which comes clear in the test, can still carry HIV,” she said
Chief medical and health officer, Sagar, Dr Dinesh Kaushal told HT over phone that he has sought blood transfusion details of the two children from the three medical institutions. “We will look into the records and see where there has been any lapse. Besides HIV test, blood banks have to see seek details of donors and their medical history to ensure their health status remains uncompromised,” he said.
Man suffering from headache administered injection for heart attack in Raisen, collector orders probe
The Raisen district collector on Sunday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the circumstances that led to the death of a 28-year-old man – suffering from back pain and headache – who was administered an injection for heart attack.
Demanding action, relatives of Azhar Khan brought his body at the Raisen district hospital’s premises and protested more than an hour earlier in the day. The sub-divisional magistrate and tehsildar had to intervene and placate the angry protesters for vacating the hospital premises.
Azhar, who had become the father of an infant girl three months ago, had gone to the district hospital on Thursday where a nurse administered injection for heart attack, a source in the health department said. Khan’s condition worsened and he was referred to a Bhopal private hospital, where he breathed his last on Saturday night.
Taking a serious note of the procedural lapses at the district hospital, Raisen collector Raisen JK Jain ordered the magisterial inquiry into the matter.
When contacted, chief medical and health officer (CMHO) Raisen Shashi Thakur said the nurse on duty had kept the file of a heart patient, Abhishek Kushwaha, on the bed assigned to Azhar. This, the CMHO said, led to the doctor mistake Azhar for a heart patient.
Thakur added that the nurse on duty, who administered injection to Azhar, has been suspended. “Strict action will be taken against all those responsible for this incident,” he said.