Medical neglect, 51 children get infected blood

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Jodhpur, Jul 12: Nearly 51 patients at Ummed Hospital in Jodhpur got infected during deadly blood transfusion. This incident came into light after Thalassemia society conducted lab tests on the infected children.

After the investigation by the Thalassemia Society, it founded that 8 children suffering from thalassemia were found to be HIV positive and 43 children were infected with Hepatitis C, after the blood transfusion in Jodhpur's Ummed Hospital.

Hospital authorities blame lack of critical medical facilities to detect impure strains in blood for the fatal error.

"When the blood tests were conducted on Dec 28, 2008, only 5 cases of HIV positive and 29 cases of Hepatitis C were identified among the kids. When the tests were conducted again in May by the SN Medical College, numbers increased from 5 to 8 HIV positive cases and from 28 to 46 Hepatitis C cases, " said Secretary, Vipin Gupta.

However the hospital authorities are trying to wash their hands off the allegations saying that the infection might have happened from elsewhere.

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