Path lab in Ranchi botches up blood test, declares man HIV negative

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ranchi
  • Updated: Dec 11, 2015 15:45 IST
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A private diagnostic centre at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi botched up a blood test and declared a man HIV negative. He was later found to be HIV positive in another test by the RIMS Integrated Counseling and Testing Center (ICTC).

The lab, Medall Healthcare Limited, had diagnosed and declared the suspected HIV patient negative in its December 8 report. However, during the re-test on Thursday was proved incorrect by the testing lab of RIMS.

This the second time in a fortnight that the lab landed in a soup. Last week, the lab had wrongly declared a woman HIV positive. She was later found to be HIV negative in two other tests conducted at different pathological labs.

Following the incident, Medall drew flak from the Jharkhand health department and the RIMS administration.

“The doctor attending the patient referred him for a second test that came on Thursday and found him HIV positive,” a senior RIMS official said on Thursday.

The RIMS management has launched a probe against Medall. “We have sought an explanation from the general manager of the laboratory,” RIMS deputy medical superintendent Dr Kumari Vasundhara adding that such goof-ups won’t be tolerated.

Medall was roped in by the state to provide quality pathological services at the state-run institute.

The health department signed a contract with Medall and SRS Diagnostic Limited as the RIMS alone was unable to carry out the tests for several districts

in the state.

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