Times of India
20 July 2010
New Delhi, India
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a report from Rajasthan government on the basis of media reports that alleged that three child patients of thalassaemia contracted HIV and 17 suffered from Hepatitis–C due to infected blood transfusion at Jodhpurbased hospital.
Taking suo motu cognizance of the report, the Commission on Monday issued a notice to the principal secretary, health and family welfare, Rajasthan, calling for a report in this connection within four weeks from the date of its receipt, NHRC said in a statement here.
"The Commission observed that the contents of media report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of the child patients," it said.
The patients’ relatives have alleged that the state government has not provided facilities for NEUT test even after five months, the Commission noted.
This test is necessary to diagnose infection in blood. Neutrophils are a type of mobile white blood cells that capture foreign particles and bacteria, it added.
The report, carried in a Hindi daily in July, also alleged that a number of thalassaemia patients have become victims of infected blood transfusion in the past as well in the state.
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