The Gujarat High Court today ordered the state government to provide lifetime free-of-cost medical treatment to 21 thalassemic children from Junagadh who were found infected with HIV in September last year at government hospitals in Junagadh,Rajkot,Jamnagar and Ahmedabad.
The children had contracted the virus allegedly due to negligence of the Junagadh Civil Hospital authorities and the concerned Blood Bank staffers.
A division bench of acting Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala passed the order while acting on a petition moved by advocate Girish Das demanding proper medical facilities for the children after two of the total 23 victims died.
Das said,The children are from very poor background. And due to two life-threatening diseases thalassemia and HIV infection they were facing severe difficulties during winter; two of them have already died. So I demanded proper medical treatment for them by the government.
According to Das,the court has ordered that parents of these children would be given a contact number of an officer of the under secretary rank from the Health department who would make arrangements for the childrens free treatment at the four government hospitals whenever they need.
The hospitals include General Hospital in Junagadh,Government Medical College Hospital – PUD in Rajkot,G G Hospital in Jamnagar and Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad.
An FIR has already been registered in this connection against the concerned hospital staff members following an order by the High Court.