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NHRC notices to Health Min, TN govt over pregnant woman contracting HIV after blood transfusion

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The NHRC on Friday sent notices to the Centre and the in connection with a 24-year-old pregnant woman contracting HIV allegedly after being transfused contaminated supplied by a bank which failed to conduct proper screening for the virus.

The has issued notices to the Tamil Nadu's seeking a detailed report, including action taken against the guilty and relief and counselling provided to the victim, within four weeks.

The woman, who was eight months pregnant with her second child, had gone for a check-up at a private clinic in Sattur in district of the state, where doctors advised her to have a transfusion citing haemoglobin deficiency, of Health Services, R Manoharan had said Thursday.

The Commission observed that this reported painful incident has raised a serious issue, regarding safe handling of blood samples, detection of diseases like HIV and transfusion of blood as per set standards by taking all precautions.

"A nationwide move is required to be taken to examine the procedures so that right to life of innocent people is not violated.

"Accordingly, the Secretary, Union & Family Welfare has been asked to call for a status report on the issue, from all the states/Union Territories and submit a report to the Commission within six weeks along with their comments thereon," the NHRC said.

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First Published: Thu, December 27 2018. 19:15 IST