Blood transfusion


It is unfortunate that in Tamil Nadu a pregnant woman has tested positive for HIV, and also hepatitis-B, after having been transfused with HIV-positive blood received from a government hospital (Tamil Nadu, “HC takes up case of woman getting HIV-positive blood” and “ ‘Lacunae in blood collection will be fixed’,” both December 28). While the State government should be allowed to investigate the matter comprehensively and fix lapses in the incident, the media must also take care to report the facts responsibly given the sensitivities involved for both the donor and the woman. An incident such as this will affect public confidence in medical services across the State. The government must also instruct every blood bank in the State to thoroughly check and screen all blood stocks in their possession and certify their quality. There should be adequate checks to ensure safety before transfusion as well. Restoring the health of the donor and the woman should be the priority.

Suryanarayanan S.,


Tamil Nadu’s claim, of high health indices, needs to be scrutinised. The public health data put out by the government machinery need to be analysed critically by the special team given that two viruses were spread through transfusion.

Dr. E. Subbarayan,

Villupuram, Tamil Nadu

The details of the unfortunate incident made painful reading. Hospitals and blood banks in India should follow stringent guidelines while collecting and processing blood. Quality measures and control mechanisms must be put in place and reviewed at frequent intervals. Hospital staff must realise the importance of taking care at every stage. The use of cutting-edge technology should also be thought of in parallel.

Vasantha Raghavan N.,



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