The Kerala High Court has sought an explanation from both the state government and Regional Cancer Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, in connection with the case of a nine-year-old leukaemia patient contracting HIV through blood transfusion at the RCC.
“An inquiry should be conducted to ascertain the reason for such a lapse. The government should take care of the medical expenses of the child,” the court ruled.
The HC sent the notice seeking explanation based on a petition filed by the girl’s father, requesting action against the concerned officials. In his petition, the man alleged that his daughter’s life is in danger because of the irresponsible attitude of the RCC staff.
The complainant stated that the incident is a violation of the right to live provided by the constitution, and that proper action should be taken to ensure the treatment and rehabilitation of his daughter, which require a lot of money.
The girl was being treated at the Alappuzha Medical College, from where she was referred to the RCC for further treatment. She got infected during her treatment at the RCC.
The Kerala Human Rights Commission has also ordered a high-level inquiry into the matter. Commission's acting chairperson P Mohandas said stringent action should be taken against the hospital staff if they were found guilty. It also urged the Left-led state government to compensate the girl's family.