‘Double engine govt made our health system doubly sick’: Mallikarjun Kharge on 14 kids infected with HIV, Hepatitis in UP

The 14 children are aged between 6 and 16 and are among the 180 thalassemia patients receiving blood transfusions at the centre.

A piece of recent news being circulated widely over the negligence of Government Medical staff of Lala Lajpat Rai (LLR) Hospital Kanpur, UP, which led to the spread of infections, i.e, HIV AIDS and Hepatitis B, C among 14 children. Reacting to the same, leaders of the opposite parties took to the microblogging app X to share their concern about the shameful act.

Over the issue, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge said: “The double engine government has made our health system doubly sick. In a government hospital in Kanpur, UP, infected blood was given to 14 children suffering from thalassemia, due to which these children got serious diseases like HIV AIDS and Hepatitis B, C. This serious negligence is shameful.”

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“Innocent children are having to suffer the punishment for this unforgivable crime of the BJP government. Yesterday Modi ji was teaching us big things about taking 10 resolutions, has he ever fixed even an iota of accountability for his BJP governments?,” added Kharge.

 

The 14 children are aged between 6 and 16 and are among the 180 thalassemia patients receiving blood transfusions at the centre. Out of the infected children, seven tested positive for Hepatitis B, five for Hepatitis C, and two for HIV.

Even Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav hit out at the current Uttar Pradesh government on X. Yadav said: “It is a very serious matter that 14 children got infected with HIV and hepatitis due to transfusion of infected blood in Uttar Pradesh. This negligence should be immediately investigated and such a fatal mistake should be punished strictly.”

“There is no one to look after the medical system in Uttar Pradesh,” he added.

 

“District-level officials will trace the root of infection under the Viral Hepatitis Control Programme. The team will look for the place of infection, both for hepatitis and HIV,” said a senior official of the Uttar Pradesh National Health Mission.