New Delhi, December 1: The world might be creating awareness about HIV and fighting for its victims on the occasion of the World AIDS Day but a significant portion of the Indian medical society is busy in neglecting the riskiest virus. Reportedly, 14,474 cases of HIV over the last seven years in India are a victim of carelessness by the doctors who irresponsibly transferred HIV virus through blood transfusion.
However, the threat is not only neglected by the doctors but also by the Indian government who hasn't yet conducted an inquiry into the matter.
In an investigative report by IndiaSpend, it was revealed that there has been a 10% rise in the number of such cases over the last one year–from 1,424 in 2014-15 to 1,559 in 2015-16. The data were collected from an RTI from National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), the apex government body dealing with India’s HIV/AIDS control programme.
As per reports, one in every 100 HIV patients in India could be a victim of infected blood transfusion. The amount is, unfortunately, high when compared to other countries as the tally in the US is one in every 3 lakhs cases.
Thus, chances of an HIV patient in India having contracted the virus through a blood transfusion are 3,000 times higher than in the US. In fact, only one HIV case in the US in four years was reported to be a victim of the transfusion.
On the other side, Indian government refuted its own RTI reports and completely denied the existence of such cases.
Minister of State Anupriya Patel directly refused the data and said no such cases actually does exist. The Karnataka State AIDS Prevention Society completely also denied having such cases and said- “in Karnataka, there are no reported cases of HIV being transmitted through blood transfusions. The blood banks in Karnataka are regularly inspected.”
However, the NACO reports says that 976 such cases were reported in Karnataka.
Gujarat is declared the biggest victim of blood transfusion.
Also, when it came to the question of compensating the grieve mistake, there were hardly any money or treatment provided to the victims.
In June 2016, a Maharashtra woman who became HIV positive and lost her newborn after a blood transfusion during her pregnancy was compensated after a two-decade-long legal battle.
To say the least, reports are quite shameful for India and appropriate measures to stop these crimes should be the priority of government as well as the health ministry.