Three officials,including a government doctor holding charge of the blood bank,were placed under suspension two days after it was confirmed that at least four persons had tested HIV+ after blood transfusion at the district civil hospital in Mangaldoi.
Darrang Deputy Commissioner Sohrab Ali confirmed this. The three placed under suspension are blood bank incharge Dr Jiten Saharia and two laboratory technicians Padmadhar Barua and Ranjit Deka. Investigations also revealed that two of the four patients who tested HIV positive had taken blood directly from a donor. While the two had arranged the donor on their own,in both cases the concerned staff did not properly test the blood donated and transfused,reports said.
Preliminary reports suggest that a section of the hospital staff were hand-in-glove with illegal professional donors as one of the patients claimed that he had paid Rs 1,500 in addition to the hospital fee of Rs 300 for procuring one unit of blood.
Meanwhile,Assam CM Tarun Gogoi described the incident as of criminal nature. He asked the concerned authorities to file a criminal case. If they have carried out blood transfusion by taking blood from a donor without conducting proper tests,then it is surely a case of criminal negligence, he said. The government will try to provide compensation to the victims, he said. Meanwhile,a probe team constituted by the state health department is understood to have found serious discrepancies in the functioning of the blood bank.