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Probe ordered after hospital labels woman HIV+

Jun 22, 2009 12:51 AM IST India India
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Jamnagar (Hujarat): The Gujarat government has suspended the staff of a hospital and ordered a probe after a pregnant woman was singled out by the hospital by sticking a tape on her forehead and branding her HIV positive. The 27-year-old woman now wants those responsible for humiliating her to be punished. “I am illiterate so I did not know what was written on my forehead but people started staring at me. They have insulted me and they should be suspended,” says the woman. A nurse, medical officer and head of the Gynecology Department Dr Nalini Ahmed have been asked to proceed on leave till the enquiry is completed. “Both the doctors and the nurse involved have been asked to go on leave. Enquiry committee will submit report within three days. The action required will be taken to avoid recurring of such incidents,” says Gujarat health minister Jay Narayan Vyas. But volunteers of a local NGO which works with HIV positive people are running out of patience. “We have given them time of two days. If those responsible are not suspended or transferred out of Jamnagar, we will sit on a fast at the hospital premises,” says NGO’s vice president, Devendra Bhanushali. The onus is now on the government to make sure its hospitals don't carry out insensitive discriminatory practices and to bring those guilty of humiliating this woman to task. (With inputs from Sairam Sanath Kumar for CNN IBN)