19-Year old Mother demands Justice for getting HIV from Blood Bank

Feb 28 ,2012 03:18 AM
19-Year old Mother demands Justice for getting HIV from Blood Bank

In Nellore district, A 19-year old mother named as Sheikh Haseena who got affected with HIV subsequently being inculcated with the contaminated blood at a private nursing home. At present she is all the way helpless.Infact she has been left alone by her husband, where she has been ignored by the society and also being neglected by the government. 

As she is disappointed and demands lawfulness for herself and for her newborn baby boy named as Zameer.On Saturday Febraury 25 she approached State Human Rights Commission to have justice.As the district authorities shown deaf ear for her cries.

'There is nobody to take care of me and my child. The district authorities have been silent on providing proper healthcare for me,' says Hasina whose husband Nissar, a labourer, dumped her fearing social stigma. 

Haseena came to Nellore from Venkateshwarapuram to deliver her baby at a private nursing home on November 2 last year. 

The blood tests conducted during the period of her pregnancy and before the Caesarian section surgery were fine. 

But she needed blood following the operation and the doctors at the nursing home told her husband to arrange for three units of blood as she was too weak to undergo the surgery. 

Nissar went to the local blood bank operated by the Indian Red Cross Society and bought three units of blood which the doctors administered and she gave birth to a healthy baby boy on November 3.

But a month later, Haseena had high fever and started vomiting. She was taken to the same nursing home where the doctors got her blood tested again. 

This time she turned out to be HIV positive. 

For a second opinion, they referred her to Narayana Hospital, a prestigious corporate hospital in the town where it was confirmed that she was infected with HIV.

 A shocked Nissar got his own blood tested but he did not have the virus. 

It was then that the doctors at the nursing home suspected that the blood bought from the Red Cross Society's blood bank must have been contaminated. 

Following a complaint from the couple to the district authorities and media reports, Governor ESL Narasimhan called for a comprehensive inquiry into the incident. 

A preliminary inquiry conducted by joint collector Sourav Gour revealed the blood was contaminated at the blood bank itself. 

Subsequently, district collector D. Sridhar ordered the closure of the blood bank with immediate effect. 

He also asked the district medical and health officer to seize all records of the blood bank and shift the stocks to the government hospital for inspection. 

But the authorities did not take any steps to provide medical care to Haseena and her child, except providing her with a house under the Indiramma housing scheme and 35 kg of rice per month. 

'She breastfed her child for ten days but later stopped, fearing that he might get the infection through her milk. As of now, the child is safe,' Muzeer, a relative of Haseena said. 

After all this came the shocker. Haseena’s husband left her in the lurch and abandoned her. Haseena moved out to live with her mother who ran a tiffin centre but once again the callous world turned its back on her and tiffin customers stopped coming after they learn’t of Haseena’s HIV infection.

State Human Rights Commission chairman Nissar Ahmed Kakru, has lastly asked the health department and the Red Cross Society to give a report on the issue by March 15 and also ordered the police to file a case in opposition to the blood bank.

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