Jodhpur: A report submitted to the Government on Tuesday on HIV infection of five Thalassemic children allegedly during blood transfusion at a hospital in Jodhpur has virtually given a clean chit to the facility, saying the infection might have happened from elsewhere.
The SN Medical College has sent a detailed report to the government on the incident, which had come to light when the blood of a child was tested in the microbiology lab of the medical college.
The children had allegedly contacted the disease during blood transfusion at Umaid Hospital. This was disclosed during a Thelisemic camp last year.
Taking cognizance of the issue, the Rajasthan State AIDS Control Society had sought a detailed report from the hospital. The medical college was asked to look into the issue
as the Umaid hospital comes under its jurisdiction.
D B Gupta, the acting principal of the medical college, who sent the report to government, said "we have mentioned in the report that we follow the standardized and NACO-certified parameters in our hospitals and the chances of getting the
children infected with the HIV in the process are the least."
"There is a greater chance that they might have contacted the deadly virus elsewhere as a Thelisemic patient many a time gets treatment outside hospital or there are a number of other reasons of infection in the children."
D R Dabi, the Superintendent of the Umaid Hospital, said the blood transfusion took place about a year back and that there was little chance of contacting the disease from the hospital as the process of blood test is NACO-certified.
However, he has not denied possibility of infection saying the hospital lacked advanced PCR technique for tests.