Tamil Nadu: A pregnant woman was transfused with HIV positive blood at a government hospital at Sattur in Sivakasi district following the shocking lapse in the screening process at the hospital.

The mishap was due to a human error that came to light on Tuesday when the donor of the infected blood was made aware of his HIV positive condition elsewhere. It came to be known that the error was on the part of a lab technician responsible for screening the donated blood.

The 23-year-old pregnant woman was admitted to the hospital when she was found to be anaemic. The lady was pregnant with her second child and is the wife of a daily-wage earner.

As per a report by TNM, Health department officials were then informed and the woman and her baby are under the care of the said hospital.
“She will be monitored and screened regularly, we are talking all necessary actions,” said Dr Senthil Raj IAS.

Meanwhile, Dr Senthil Raj has ordered that no blood donated will be transfused until further notice at the hospital’s blood bank and if needed it will come from various other sources.

“All efforts are being taken to contain the situation and to make sure that no one else is affected. All blood transfusions from the Sattur hospital are currently being ordered to stop. Blood will be sourced from other facilities in the meantime,” he said.

Following the incident, the health department ordered an inspection of blood banks in all government and private hospitals in Virudhunagar district.

HIV/AIDS is caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) following which a person may not notice any symptoms or may experience a brief period of influenza-like illness. It is spread primarily by unprotected sex, contaminated blood transfusions, hypodermic needles, and from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding.

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