Slamming the state health authorities, Gujarat high court ordered CBI probe in a case involving 23 thalassemia infected children contracting HIV during blood transfusion in Junagadh Civil Hospital last year.
The court acted on a PIL filed by the parents of the children, who sought CBI probe on the ground that the health authorities of the civil hospital were careless and negligent which caused HIV to 23 children during blood transfusion.
The PIL was filed after the local police refused to lodge an FIR against the health department officials responsible for blood transfusion of the children. The parents alleged that the doctors from the hospital and officials from the Sarvodaya blood bank, attached with the civil hospital, were responsible for the criminal negligence.
While handing over the probe to the central agency, the CBI asked the agency to file a status report within a month.
Last year, 23 children, who were suffering from thalassemia, were found to be HIV positive after they had blood transfusion in the Civil Hospital, Junagadh. Two children of the 23 who were infected with HIV died in the last one year.
During the last hearing on the PIL, the high court had shown displeasure with the way Gujarat police was conducting the investigation in the case.