statesman news service
GUWAHATI, 17 JUNE: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi announced compensation packages to victims who allegedly were infected with HIV after receiving blood from a government hospital.
The authorities have suspended three medical employees after the incident at Mangaldoi in central Assam.
Responding to massive protests both in Mangaldoi and Guwahati by various organisations Mr Gogoi today announced a package of Rs 5 lakh each for the HIV patients and assured the government would take all possible care regarding their treatment.
Earlier the chief minister ordered a complete inspection of all blood banks in Assam managed by both the government and private organisations following the incident. He also directed authorities concerned to register a criminal case over the incident where at least four patients were given the HIV-infected blood.
“The incident is very unfortunate and I have taken it very seriously,” Mr Gogoi said while addressing the media in the city.
Not less than four persons, including a woman, were infected with HIV after receiving blood from the blood bank of Mangaldoi civil hospital in Darrang district. The blood donor is a local youth, who allegedly donated blood to the patients even after he was reported HIV positive. The chief minister also ordered a probe to be conducted by the state additional chief secretary P P Varma. Responding to the crisis, the state health minister, Mr Himanta Biswa Sarma, sent a team of medical experts to Mangaldoi to conduct a separate probe into the unfortunate incident.
Later the health minister also visited Mangaldoi to take stock of the situation.
Meanwhile, the district administration has suspended Mr Jiten Saharia, blood bank in-charge at Mangaldoi civil hospital, and two laboratory technicians Ranjit Deka and Padmadhar Baruah for "negligence of duty".