India: Hospital transfusions infect thousands with HIV

    India: Hospital transfusions infect thousands with HIV

    May 31, New Delhi: At least 2,234 Indians have contracted with HIV virus while receiving blood transfusions in hospitals in the past 17 months, reports said.

    The information was revealed by the country's National Aids Control Organisation (Naco) in response to a petition filed by information activist Chetan Kothari.

    Around 2.09 million people in India are living with HIV/AIDS.

    Khothari told the BBC that he was "shocked" by the revelation.

    The highest number of patients who had been infected with HIV as a result of contaminated blood in hospitals, were from the northern state of Uttar

    Pradesh with 361 cases, Mr Kothari's RTI (Right to Information) query revealed. The western states of Gujarat with 292 cases and Maharashtra with 276 cases rank second and third respectively.

    The Indian capital Delhi is at number four with 264 cases.

    Under law, it is mandatory for hospitals to screen donors and the donated blood for HIV, hepatitis B and C, malaria and other infections.

    The Oslo Times


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