HIV affected people though as a percentage of the population is low, in absolute terms, the numbers are still big in India standing at a little more than 2 million as of 2011. Even as great strides were made in reducing HIV-related infection, new challenges have come to fore. According to an RTI application filed recently, about 3,000 people have got infected by HIV due to blood transfusion. The revelation has sent shock waves across the country and has raised questions over the screening of blood donors and blood made available at blood banks.
Govt. to Lok Sabha on the issue
According to Indiaspend.com the response of health ministry was “No” to a question from Congress member of parliament and former minister Jyotiraditya Scindia asking if the government was aware that “a large number” of people nationwide had been infected with HIV while getting blood transfusion.
Revelations from the RTI query
NACO has told that HIV infection due to blood transfusions was very high before standing at 8-10 % and it is less than 1% today. They have also said, the donor could still test HIV negative for few months even though he/she might be infected by HIV.
What is blood transfusion?
Why do people need blood transfusions?
The Logical Indian requests the government to take stringent action on the erring hospitals who were responsible for the infected blood transfusion. We also request the government to come out of their denial mode and compensate and support the victims.
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