A 10-year-old boy from Keshod, one of the 28 thalassaemic children who had allegedly contracted HIV during blood transfusion at Junagadh civil hospital, died in Rajkot civil hospital on Tuesday afternoon. With this, the number of casualty from the group of the children has gone up to seven and this is also second death this year.
The boy, who hails from Keshod town of Junagadh district was taken to Junagadh civil hospital for regular blood transfusion exercise as part of his thalassaemia care at around 10 am. However, he was immediately referred to Rajkot civil hospital for treatment, authorities of Junagadh civic hospital said.
“Doctors who examined the child found that he was in serious condition and needed further treatment. Therefore, we arranged for an ambulance and referred the patient to Rajkot,” Dr Bhalchandra Joshi in-charge resident medical officer (RMO) of Junagadh civil hospital told The Indian Express.
Doctors of Rajkot civil hospital said the boy had respiratory complications. “When he was brought here at around 1 pm, his respiration was almost zero. We put him on ventilator but he died within 10 minutes of being being admitted here,” Dr Yogesh Parikh, head of paediatrics department of Rajkot civil hospital said.
The 10-year-old is the seventh casualty from the group of 28 and second reported in the calender year 2014. A few months ago, another child, also from Keshod had died in a Rajkot hospital.
The boy was among the 23 thalassemic children who had tested positive for HIV in August 2011. These children had undergone repeated blood transfusion in the Junagadh civil hospital as part of treatment of thalassaemia. The blood was supplied from Sarvodaya Blood Bank run by BJP MLA from Junagadh, Mahendra Mashroo. Later the number of children who contracted HIV infection in this manner had gone up to 28. Gujarat High Court had ordered a CBI inquiry in the case in June 2012.
The death also comes months after the CBI filed a closure report in the matter saying no evidence showing negligence on the part of Junagadh civil hospital or the blood bank was found. However, parents of the children have filed a protest petition against the CBI closure report.