Faulty HIV test on pregnant woman at Sirsa civil hospital

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Sirsa
  • Updated: Jun 25, 2015 21:43 IST

A pregnant woman was allegedly harassed by the nursing staff after she was declared HIV positive in a faulty report by the lab technician at the civil hospital here on Wednesday evening.

A complaint in this regard was sent to the deputy commissioner by the victim's relatives.

According to available information, Geeta (21), wife of Rakesh, a resident of Darbi village in Sirsa district, was under pregnancy treatment for the past six months at the civil hospital here.

On Wednesday, when she experienced labour pains, her relatives took her to the civil hospital, where the initial blood tests were conducted by the lab technicians. Geeta was later told by the staff that she was HIV positive.

After seeing the reports, the maternity staff on the duty at the civil hospital allegedly started misbehaving with Geeta and her relatives. Geeta's husband Rakesh become unconscious and collapsed on the floor when he was told that her wife was HIV positive.

Laajo Bai, a relative of Geeta, alleged that the staff on duty showed their reluctance to attend the patient and when the family insisted that she be taken care of, the staff abused them.

Following the refusal of the civil hospital staff to attend the patient, her family took her a private hospital wherein another HIV test was conducted. This time, Geeta's result was negative and she later delivered a healthy baby boy through a surgical delivery.

Meanwhile, Sirsa chief medical officer Surender Nain said an inquiry was on into the matter. "If anybody is found guilty, appropriate action will be taken against them,"he said.

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