Child treated for can­cer tests HIV pos­i­tive

Ex­pert team given one-week time to look into al­leged lapses as op­po­si­tion par­ties call for stern ac­tion

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU / SOUTH -

WITH a child can­cer pa­tient at the Re­gional Can­cer Cen­tre turn­ing HIV pos­i­tive cre­at­ing an up­roar in the state, the gov­ern­ment as well as the po­lice have com­menced a probe into the in­ci­dent. An ex­pert team led by Joint DME Dr K Sreeku­mari, which was con­sti­tuted to look into the cir­cum­stances that led to the in­fec­tion, has been asked to sub­mit a re­port within a week.

The Op­po­si­tion has come out against the med­i­cal neg­li­gence, de­mand­ing ac­tion against those re­spon­si­ble for the in­ci­dent in which a nine-year-old girl con­tracted HIV af­ter al­legedly un­der­go­ing blood trans­fu­sion at RCC. While the Ker­ala State Com­mis­sion for Pro­tec­tion of Child Rights (KSCPCR) has regis­tered a suo motu case, the Ker­ala State Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (KSHRC) has or­dered a high-level probe into the in­ci­dent. The KSCPCR has also di­rected the Re­gional Can­cer Cen­tre di­rec­tor and the Ker­ala State AIDS Con­trol So­ci­ety to in­quire into the in­ci­dent and sub­mit a re­port within 15 days.

The KSHRC has asked the gov­ern­ment to pay com­pen­sa­tion to the fam­ily of the girl who con­tracted HIV/AIDS dur­ing treat­ment at the RCC. The com­mis­sion has also rec­om­mended dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against the staff at RCC who were re­spon­si­ble for the child’s plight. It also asked the RCC di­rec­tor and Health Sec­re­tary to in­quire into the in­ci­dent and sub­mit a re­port within three weeks.

Health Min­is­ter K K Shy­laja said that ac­tion would be taken against any per­son only af­ter get­ting sci­en­tific ev­i­dence.

She had on Thurs­day said the gov­ern­ment would take care of all fur­ther treat­ment of the child.

Po­lice col­lect ev­i­dence

The Med­i­cal Col­lege po­lice on Fri­day con­ducted an in­spec­tion at the Re­gional Can­cer Cen­tre (RCC) fol­low­ing the com­plaint of the girl’s par­ent al­leg­ing med­i­cal neg­li­gence.

The po­lice team led by Cy­bercity As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice A Pramod Ku­mar col­lected de­tails of per­sons who had do­nated blood in March. Ku­mar said it was known the girl had un­der­gone blood trans­fu­sion 40 times. The po­lice are also plan­ning to send the med­i­cal records of the girl to a lab in Hy­der­abad af­ter col­lect­ing her blood sam­ples.

Op­po­si­tion leader Ramesh Chen­nithala, who vis­ited the girl and the par­ents, called for a de­tailed probe into the in­ci­dent and strict ac­tion against those re­spon­si­ble for the neg­li­gence. He said the gov­ern­ment should come for­ward to help the child and her fam­ily.

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