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HIV positive patient alleges harassment

An HIV positive patient accuses the doctors of JK Cancer and Research Institute, Kanpur of refusing her admission because of her ailment, reports Anupam Srivastava.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2007 05:44 IST

An HIV positive patient has accused the doctors of JK Cancer and Research Institute, Kanpur of refusing her admission because of her ailment.

A harried M Devi (name changed) said: "I am being made to run from pillar to post, but doctors are not admitting me because I am HIV positive."

Her family members allege that she is reporting for admission in hospital since January 20 but the doctors have been refusing her the same citing one reason or the other. She has reported in the OPD of Dr Avadhesh Dixit on January 20 but he is not willing to admit her, they said. "He writes a new test whenever she asks him to admit her," alleged one of her relatives.

He added: "Her condition is getting from bad to worse with each passing day and she is suffering acute pain for which she requires proper treatment."

"It seems being an HIV positive patient is a big crime. No one is ready to treat me. I don't know where to go. If the doctors are not going to treat me then who will?" asked M Devi.

Director of institute Dr RK Katiyar said he would talk to Dr Dixit on the issue. "We have treated HIV positive patients in the past and we would continue to do so. I will have to see why she was refused admission," said Katiyar.

Katiyar said the process of admission is sometimes lengthy as the patient is supposed to go for certain tests like biopsy, ultrasound and blood tests which take time.

Meanwhile, Dr Avadhesh Dixit ruled out any sort of discrimination shown to the patient because she is HIV positive. "I treat every patient with equal responsibility. I have never refused her admission. She was not admitted in the hospital because we were conducting some tests like ultrasound, biopsy and blood test and her reports were awaited," said Dr Dixit. "On Monday a board meeting will be held to decide on the line of treatment following that she would be admitted," said Dixit. 

Email Anupam Srivastava: artanupam@gmail.com