[Watch/Read] In A Single Year, 2234 Got Infected With HIV Virus During Blood Transfusion
HIV affected people though as a percentage of the population is low, in absolute terms, the numbers are still big in India standing at a little more than 2 million as of 2011. Even as great strides were made in reducing HIV-related infection, new challenges have come to fore. According to an RTI application filed recently, about 3,000 people have got infected by HIV due to blood transfusion. The revelation has sent shock waves across the country and has raised questions over the screening of blood donors and blood made available at blood banks.
Govt. to Lok Sabha on the issue
According to Indiaspend.com the response of health ministry was “No” to a question from Congress member of parliament and former minister Jyotiraditya Scindia asking if the government was aware that “a large number” of people nationwide had been infected with HIV while getting blood transfusion.
Revelations from the RTI query
1. Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi are among the leading states where people got affected due to blood transfusion. Each state averaging close to 300 people.
2. No action has been taken against erring hospitals and clinics.
What does NACO (National Aids Control Organisation) have to say about the revelations?
NACO has told that HIV infection due to blood transfusions was very high before standing at 8-10 % and it is less than 1% today. They have also said, the donor could still test HIV negative for few months even though he/she might be infected by HIV.
What is blood transfusion?
Blood transfusion is generally the process of receiving blood products into one’s circulation intravenously. Transfusions are used for various medical conditions to replace lost components of the blood.
Why do people need blood transfusions?
A severe infection or liver disease or an illness that causes anemia, such as kidney disease or cancer etc among others could need a blood transfusion.