CHENNAI: Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) has demanded that suitable compensation be given to the 16 patients who had contracted Hepatitis ‘C’ Virus (HCV), allegedly after undergoing dialysis at Government Stanley Hospital in August.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, AAP spokesperson Jayaram Venkatesan said that RTI information obtained by the party revealed that out of 16 patients, 10 had not undergone dialysis prior to their visit to the hospital. “So, it is clear indication that they were infected by the HCV in the hospital”, he added.
Jayaram further said that the government should provide about Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the family of Rajini (38), who died in Thoothukudi district on October 21.
“The patient, who underwent dialysis at the hospital, was sent to her native on July with a suspected lung problem. Immediately after that, she tested positive for HCV and was denied dialysis at government hospitals in her native.
Since the family of the deceased could not afford to undergo dialysis in private hospitals, she died. The authorities did not heed to our pleas to recall the patient. The hospital’s negligence cost one life. So compensation should be provided to her family,”
The Aam Aadmi Party had been demanding to recall 234 patients, who underwent dialysis in the past six months at the hospital, since the issue raised its head. They also demanded suspension of Dean of the hospital and Director of Medical Education.