BALASORE: The repetition of Burla medical incident surfaced in Balasore district after a couple of the district town complained that their 4-year old daughter was given blood affected with hepatitis C.
They approached the district collector for financial help for treatment of their child.
They said that their daughter is a thalassemia patient and alleged that she was infused with the hepatitis C blood.
She received the blood from the blood bank at the district headquarter hospital during a regular blood transfusion.
They said that the patient was detected with the virus when she went for the blood check up at SCB medical college and hospital, Cuttack on May 28.The report of the laboratory while finding, HCVAg (Hepatitis-C) positive, further it made a mention that ‘it needs further confirmation’ by Elisa test.
The report of the laboratory while finding, HCVAg (Hepatitis-C) positive, further it made a mention that ‘it needs further confirmation’ by Elisa test.
The blood sample of the child was sent to Delhi by a private laboratory in Cuttack, for further confirmation, on 7 of this month.
“If the test result is found with virus positive the treatment cost would be borne by the state government treatment fund,” said Sk. Sujud Alam, a TV and electronic gadgets mechanic, the father of the patient.
“I am sure that the blood which was taken by her, once a month, was infected with the virus. It spread into her blood. The report came to us a rude shock. With meagre income, I manage my family. The treatment cost would come around Rs 3.5 lakh,” Alam said.
However, the blood bank officials refuted the charges.
“The blood collected by us is tested for five things by Elisa kit including HIV and Hepatitis B and C. We store no infected blood. There is no chance that we would supply such blood to the patients,” blood bank officer Basant Kumar Upadhyay sai.