- Posted February 27, 2014 by
The state run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) made one of the biggest blunders in its history when the hospital accidentally did a blood transfusion on a woman with HIV positive blood on February 3.
IGMH’s Deputy CEO Dr. Mohamed Habeeb had in a press conference on Wednesday night described the incident as “the most tragic thing to happen, in the hospital’s 18 year history”.
“Whilst we’ve apologized to the patient’s entire family and the people dearest to them, we would also like to apologize to all the citizens of the Maldives on behalf of the hospital and the health ministry,” Dr. Habeeb said.
“What saddens us most is that this had to happen because of the carelessness of one lab technician, despite all of our advanced facilities,” he added.
Dr. Habeeb said that when the hospital investigated the matter, they found out that the machine had in fact, detected that the donor’s blood to be HIV positive. However, the lab technician had meddled with the report and ticked off the blood as being HIV negative.
The woman had not found out that she was HIV positive until February 19, said Dr. Habeeb. And when found out, she had made the hospital aware of her situation – which is when the hospital conducted the investigation and found out that they were at fault, he said.
Dr. Habeeb was reluctant to divulge the name of the patient and her donor. He had insisted that it goes against the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines to reveal any details about an HIV positive patient.
Health Ministry’s Director General Dr. Sheeza Ali said that the lab technician has been suspended and that the matter has been reported to the police.
Dr. Habeeb said that the technician had been working in the hospital for seven years and that the technician had no past records of any misdoings such as this.
Haveeru is aware that the technician in question is a foreigner.
Dr. Sheeza further said that no formal arrests have been made regarding the incident. However, she said that the relevant authorities have been informed and that the matter is currently being investigated.
The matter brought to light several other issues in IGMH and the hospital will work on improving these sectors, said Dr. Habeeb.
Dr. Habeeb said that the woman is currently being treated and that she is also getting counseling.
The state is covering all of her medical expenses.