A couple in Bhopal wants to file a complaint against Indira Gandhi women’s hospital for wrongfully diagnosing the healthy, pregnant woman of having Hepatitis B after conducting her blood serum tests a month before.
Rajkumar Naik and his wife Maya spent many sleepless nights between September 20 and October 20 after the pathology laboratory reportedly told them that eight-months pregnant Maya is the carrier of Hepatitis B.
Serology is a blood serum test done regularly for pregnant women to test infections.
“When I told my wife about the reports, she turned paranoid. We thought we should start treatment immediately and save our child from carrying Hepatitis. A friend asked me to get tests done from other private laboratories. We did that and also did a check-up at another hospital where Maya’s reports showed she was non-reactive,” Rajkumar told HT.
Armed with test reports from other laboratories, Rajkumar now wants to submit a written complaint to health authorities for a thorough probe.
A medical expert told HT that though Hepatitis B could be cured, there are high chances that it passes on from mother to the baby and unnecessary medication can create complications in the case of a pregnant woman.
Chief medical officer (Gas Relief and Rehabilitation) Rajiv Saxena said, “I will look into the matter. Although, over a period of time, Hepatitis can turn from non-reactive to reactive and vice-versa but it should not happen so quickly.”