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NHRC asks Rajasthan to submit report on infected blood transfusion

delhi Updated: Jul 19, 2010 21:43 IST

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The NHRC has sought a report from Rajasthan Government on media report alleging that three child patients of Thalassaemia contracted HIV and 17 suffered from Hepatitis-C due to infected blood transfusion at a hospital in Jodhpur.

Taking suo motu cognizance of the report, Commission today issued a notice to the Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Rajasthan, calling for a report in this connection within four weeks from the date of its receipt, the National Human Rights Commission said in a statement here.

"The Commission observed that the contents of media report, if true, raise serious issue of violation of human rights of the child patients," it said.

The relatives of the patients have alleged that the state government has not provided facilities for the NEUT test even after five months, Commission noted.

This test is necessary to diagnose infection in blood.
Neutrophils are a type of mobile white blood cells that capture foreign particles and bacteria, it added.

The report, carried in Hindi daily in July, also alleged that a number of Thalassaemia patients have become victim of infected blood transfusion in the past as well in the State, Commission observed.