NHRC notice to TN on HIV patient

NHRC notice to TN on HIV patient

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued notice to the Tamil Nadu chief secretary seeking a detailed report within four weeks on the alleged attempt to suicide by a youth whose blood infected a pregnant woman with HIV.

The commission said the report should include action taken against the guilty and relief/counselling provided to the victims, within four weeks.

“The commission has further observed that this reported painful incident has raised a serious issue regarding safe handling of blood samples, detection of diseases like HIV and transfusion of blood as per set standards by taking all precautions. A nationwide move is required to be taken to examination the procedures so that Right to Life of the innocent people is not violated,” it said.

The commission also issued a separate notice to the health secretary, the Union Government asking for a status report on the issue, from all the states/UTs within six weeks.