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Controversy over blood report

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 8, 2009

GANGTOK, 7 JULY: To allay public apprehension from a controversy over a blood pack supplied by the Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial Hospital (STNM) last Monday to the Central Referral Hospital (Manipal Hospital), a high level technical committee investigated the questionable blood pack and came out with a report. Controversy arose after the CRH declared the blood pack contained HIV positive fluid, which was nullified by subsequent tests.
The committee comprising doctors and specialists from the state health department, CRH, STNM, Sikkim State Aids Control Society, and the Central Blood Bank ruled out any infringement of the National Aids Control Organization (NACO) norms and assured absolute compliance of National testing guidelines of the NACO.
Last week, a blood pack sent to the CRH by the STNM showed a faint band of HIV 2 suggesting suspicion. The blood pack was rejected for transfusion and sent back to the STNM the same day. Dr Sadan, Dean, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, which runs the CRH, had said: “As per protocol, the said blood was tested and re-tested.
Since it revealed faint HIV bands it was rejected.” He had also claimed the band could be due to various reasons.
The STNM conducted an Enzyme-linked immunoassay test of the questionable blood and rejected the threat claimed by the CRH authority. Technical experts of the CRH and STNM subsequently jointly evaluated the questionable blood pack and said the alarm was false.
It was also established that the test kit used by the CRH showed a false positive band.
As a precautionary step, the state health secretary Mr VB Pathak, had earlier ordered re-screening of all the blood units in the Central Blood Bank, STNM. Mr Pathak informed that all blood banks in the state have been strictly adhering to five mandatory types of blood tests prior its collection or transfusion.
“The tests are conducted to determine Hepatitis B & C, Syphilis, Malaria and HIV content in blood,” he said.

Source : The Statesman


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