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Thalassemic patient is now HIV positive due to faulty Diagnostic kit…

could have become HIV positive due to the defective kits.

According to a survey by the Thalassemia and AIDS Prevention Society, 195 children went to NRS hospital for transfusion between November 2005 and April 2006, of which, 12 have got infected with HIV.

NRS Medical College and Hospital's medical superintendent Basanta Khan was not surprised when told about the survey results. "This happens in developing countries. There is no reason to raise a hue and cry over this," he said.

State health secretary Kalyan Bagchi said, "Without a complaint it would be difficult to explain what had caused the infection. I cannot comment without getting the specifics of the case. She could have been infected by the needle or some other way."

In December 2005, Monozyme got the orders for supplying test kits to the West Bengal AIDS Control and Prevention Society. The company has supplied around 1.6 lakh units to test Hepatitis B, 75,000 units to test Hepatitis C and 5,000 vials each to test blood groups A and B to Central Blood Bank, 8 big state hospitals and through them 47 sub-divisional hospitals and blood banks.

"These sales were made from April to August this year. We will probe this case, " said DC (DD) Gyanwant Singh.
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