Guwahati: Three officials, including a government doctor holding charge of the blood bank, were placed under suspension after it was confirmed that at least four persons had tested HIV+ after blood transfusion at the district civil hospital in Mangaldoi.
The three placed under suspension are blood bank incharge Dr Jiten Saharia and two laboratory technicians Padmadhar Barua and Ranjit Deka.
Investigations also revealed that two of the four patients who tested HIV+ had taken blood directly from a donor. While the two had arranged the donor on their own, in both cases the concerned staff did not correctly test the blood donated and transfused, reports said.
In the meantime, Assam CM Tarun Gogoi described the incident as of criminal nature. He asked the concerned authorities to file a criminal case.
He said that “If they have carried out blood transfusion by taking blood from a donor without conducting proper tests, then it is surely a case of criminal negligence. The government will try to provide compensation to the victims.”