The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notification to the Maharashtra state government over reports that four children were infected with HIV following a blood transfusion in Nagpur and one of them died, officials said on Friday. They said a notice has also been issued to the state government’s Food and Drug Administration secretary to report within six weeks on the matter’s preliminary investigation and criminal proceedings being initiated.
According to a media report, the four children were being treated for thalassemia as the blood must be screened for transfusion through a DNA test first. The National Human Rights Committee said in a statement that the children had received contaminated blood in the absence of the facility. The commission said it was informed on its own by the media report that after the blood transfusion, the four children were found to be HIV positive and one of them died in Nagpur.
It noted that the contents of the media report, if correct, amounted to a violation of the human rights of the victims. Accordingly, the National Human Rights Commission has issued a notification to the Secretary General of Maharashtra, requesting a detailed report in the matter within six weeks, according to the statement. “The report is expected to include the actions taken or proposed to be taken against the erring public officials/officials if they are found guilty. It was also asked to report whether there is any temporary compensation or any additional payment of compensation granted to the relatives of the deceased child and the treatment initiated by the state for other child victims,” The rights commission said.
According to a media report published on May 26, the state health department has begun taking action against the culprits after a high-level investigation. The statement also stated that five children suffering from thalassemia contracted hepatitis C, while two children contracted hepatitis B.
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