Kolkata: A seven-year-old HIV-infected child, who was allegedly refused treatment by doctors at premier state-run Kolkata hospitals//, now has a well-known US-based Indian crusader against medical negligence to support him.
Sk. Idrish Ali, father of the infected child and a poor labourer, approached the People for Better Treatment (PBT) set up here by Ohio-based Kunal Saha after government hospitals allegedly refused to perform a surgery on his son for fear of contracting HIV.
'Ali came to us seeking help to save the life of his son Maniur Rahamon who was born with thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder,' Saha told IANS from Ohio.
The boy, who hailed from the backward Sundarbans area of South 24 Parganas district, had contracted the virus from transfusion of contaminated blood.
In a letter to West Bengal Health Minister Surya Kanta Misra, Saha drew the attention of the minister to the incident of medical failure, triggering some action.
'We have got a formal complaint today (Friday) from an NGO called Human Development Institute. We will take action,' D.N. Goswami, programme officer, West Bengal State AIDS Prevention and Control Society (WBSAPCS), told IANS.
'If what is being alleged has happened then it is unfortunate and should not have happened. But we will take up the case and take necessary action. We have to see if the patient was at all in a state where an operation could be performed and whether there were logistics and facilities of extra precautions to perform the operation,' said Goswami.
'We have to ensure proper utilisation of our logistics. A paediatric HIV clinic has come up in the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital under a doctor and hopefully such cases could be referred there henceforth,' said Goswami.
Saha said: 'Although thalassemia patients are capable of leading a normal life, they require blood transfusion at regular intervals. Maniur was diagnosedPage: 1 2 Related medicine news :1
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