CHENNAI: A day after a 30-year-old woman alleged that she contracted the HIV virus after a blood transfusion at Kilpauk Medical College (KMC), she approached the commissioner of police on Saturday demanding action against doctors and staff of the Kilpauk government hospital who treated her.
Speaking to DC, the woman said that she had approached the police as the KMC denied any wrongdoing on its part and stated that she did not contract the virus due to the transfusion.
The woman who has a five-year-old son initially underwent treatment at a primary health care centre in Mangadu during her second pregnancy.
Four months into her pregnancy in March, she did a blood test at Sri Muthukumaran Medical College Hospital & Research Institute. The results said that she was HIV non-reactive or negative but her haemoglobin count was found to be very low. Following this, she was referred to KMC early this year and was given two units of blood.
She was discharged 10 days later after the doctors saw improvement in her platelet count.
However in August, when she and her husband went back to KMC for a checkup, doctors conducted another blood test for her which said she has HIV virus.
However, KMC Dean Vanithamani denied all the allegations saying that the blood that they received was labelled negative and they even tested the donor again and know that he doesn't carry the virus. It could not have come from an infected syringe because they used disposable ones, she said.
Meanwhile, on Saturday members of All India Democratic Women's Association staged a protest in front of the KMC hospital demanding the immediate action on the staff and the doctors of the hospital.
Speaking to DC, Pramila, State secretary of AIDWA, said the victim was threatened by a chief doctor from the PHC on Friday night. , following which she sought their help....