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HIV+ girl refused treatment by Ranchi hospital

Dec 03, 2010 08:24 AM IST India India
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New Delhi: Two days after the World AIDS Day was celebrated to generate greater awareness about the HIV virus, a shocking case of discrimination has surfaced. Here's a shocking story of a HIV-positive girl refused treatment by the Ranchi Medical College.

HIV-positive Vijay Ram is not alone in his misery. His six-year-old daughter, who is HIV-positive as well, was refused admission for treatment at the Ranchi Institute of Medical Science. Ram, who was diagnosed with AIDS when he went to Kolkata to earn a living, was asked by the hospital to buy medicines from a chemist outside -- medicines that were otherwise meant to be provided free of cost. And that's not all the doctors drove him away when he didn't get an AIDS protection kit along -- this when the kit can be availed at the hospital without any payment.

"We've already spent Rs 15,000. Now doctors area not ready to attend us," said AIDS patient Vijay Ram.

Meanwhile, the hospital administration has rubbished the allegations as baseless.

"The doctors never asked them to go away," said Assistant Superintendent (RIMS) Kumari Vasundhara.

The incident has drawn flak from the Jharkhand AIDS society, an NGO that has been working closely with HIV positive patients.

"Doctors never attend HIV positive patients. If the trend continues, government's efforts against AIDS awareness will go in vain," said Jharkhand AIDS Society Secretary Ranjeet Dubey.

Interestingly, the matter surfaced around the time when the whole world, including India celebrated the World AIDS Day. Thankfully, Vijay Ram and his daughter have been re-admitted to the hospital and a committee has been formed to probe the matter.