The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday ordered payment of Rs. 25 lakh as compensation to a woman from Sattur who was transfused with HIV-infected blood at a government hospital in December 2018. The court also ordered the State government to allocate additional funds to the woman for the construction of a house.
“The state government should deposit Rs 10 lakh in the account of the woman and Rs 15 lakh in the name of the newborn and its elder sibling,” said the order by the court’s Madurai bench, according to Hindustan Times. “This is besides the house that should be built for the family of the victim.” The court also said that the order should be carried out by January 11, 2020.
Taking cognisance of the fact that counter-affidavits filed by the State government in the case did not allow for fixing responsibility on anyone and with no foolproof mechanism to ensure that HIV-infected blood was not transfused in future, the court laid out a set of directions.
The bench said that medical staff, including nurses, counsellors, and blood bank technicians, should be hired according to conditions of the National AIDS Control Organisation. It also said that the government should monitor blood banks, antiretroviral therapy centres, and medical documents along with inspection of equipment, adding that an expert committee should be formed to ensure safety during blood donation and transfusion.