Kerala: Panel to probe girl getting HIV
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A high level expert team headed by Joint DME will probe the allegations of the parents of a nine-year-old girl who was detected with HIV infection after undergoing blood transfusion at the Regional Cancer Centre here. The expert panel was constituted on the direction of health minister K.K. Shylaja who had also sought a report from the RCC director soon after getting a complaint from the parents of the victim.
As varied results were found in the previous laboratory tests, the minister called for a detailed probe by the expert panel. The panel headed by joint DME Dr Sreekumari will comprise experts from ART department, pathology, and blood bank. The minster asked the expert panel to examine the issue in detail and submit a report at the earliest. The government also decided to make all arrangements for the further treatment of the child .
Meanwhile, the Medical College police here began a probe into the allegation of HIV blood being transfused to the girl at RCC. A case for medical negligence was registered on the basis of a petition filed by the girl's parents. Assistant commissioner of police (Cyber City) Mr. Pramod Kumar said that the medical records of the girl were being examined. The statements of the doctors concerned would be taken subsequently, he said. The parents said in the complaint that the girl was undergoing treatment for blood cancer and had undergone blood transfusion at RCC. The HIV infection was noticed during the blood tests conducted after the transfusion.