At least 23 Thalassemic children have reportedly contracted HIV after being given contaminated blood in Junagadh city of Gujarat.
The shocking incident took place at the Government Hospital in Junagadh after the children were administered HIV positive blood during blood transfusion.
The infected blood was allegedly sourced from the blood bank of the hospital.
The hospital does not have facility for advance screening for HIV in blood. There are fears that many more children have been infected.
All the affected children are in the age group of 5 to 10 years and needed regular blood transfusion to stay healthy.
They had in the past undergone several blood transfusions in the same hospital.
The hospital first admitted the lapse but later retracted from its position. Senior doctors are claiming that the children had HIV before being admitted for the transfusion.