Punjab

Shame! Bathinda Civil Hospital gives minor HIV-infected blood

By Gitanjali Mangal -- October 06, 2020 4:10 pm -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

In a serious blunder, a 7-year-old thalassemia patient was given blood of an HIV-positive person at the Bhai Mani Singh Civil Hospital in Bathinda. The blood bank at the hospital issued the units after taking it from a donor and not carrying out the mandatory checks.

Just five months back a similar case of gross negligence was reported from the same hospital and involving the same donor. On May 5, a woman patient received blood from a regular donor, who turned out to be HIV-positive. The donor donated blood through an NGO at the blood bank, which issued it without checking it.

To probe the negligence of the blood bank, a three-member probe committee comprising Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Dr Maninderpal Singh, Dr Gurmail Singh and Dr Seema Gupta has been constituted.

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The SMO, Dr Maninderpal Singh, said, “We will take action after getting the probe committee report in a day or so.”

The Civil Surgeon, Dr Amrik Singh Sandhu said the minor patient was being given the required treatment.

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The blood bank at Bathinda Civil Hospital did not check the blood before issuing it.

Even after learning about the HIV+ status of donor in May, it alerted neither the donor nor the receiver nor the authorities.

-PTC News

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