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HIV Alert: DCA for Random Checks at Blood Banks

Times of India
30 April 2010
Hyderabad, India

HIV Alert
In the wake of Rajahmundry–based Jagruthi Blood Bank supp lying HIV–infected blood to an injured police constable, the Drugs Control Administration (DCA) has decided to inspect all 233 blood banks and 89 blood storage centres across the state.

“Blood at all blood banks will be screened randomly by May 3,” DCA director–general RP Meena said.

A circular to this effect was issued to all drugs inspectors on Thursday.

The drug inspectors of respective districts have to take samples with the details of name of the blood banks, blood bag no, date of collection, expiry date, whether screening is done or not, when screening was done, name of the donor, address and blood group details.

These samples would be tested at government hospitals or medical colleges having facilities for conducting HIV and other tests by maintaining the cold chain.

It also directed the drug inspectors to hand over the samples to hospitals for testing within four to six hours after collection. These reports would be sent to DCA headquarters after consolidation of reports by assistant directors.

Meanwhile, Meena said a case under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act was booked against Jagruthi Blood Bank owner and it would be investigated by the deputy director of the region.

The Rajahmundry police have already booked cases under sections 269 (Negligently doing any act known to likely spread infection of any disease dangerous to life) and 336 (Doing any act which endangers human life or the personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the AP Transplantation of Human Organs Act.

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