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Cases Of HIV Acquired Through Blood Transfusions Among Pakistani Children Are False, Government Report Says; Blood System Unregulated, Official Says

The Nation: Probe proves report hoax: Ministry
“The reports of infecting thalassemia children with HIV/AIDS through contaminated blood transfusions have turned out to be a hoax, says a preliminary inquiry of ministry of national health services regulations and coordination. A two-member probe committee in its report has declared as baseless the allegation of detection in Lahore of HIV infection among 14 thalassemia patients through contaminated blood transfusion…” (Ghani, 12/7).

New York Times: Pakistani Children Infected With HIV From Transfusions, Report Says
“Pakistan’s health ministry said Friday that it was investigating a report that 10 children had been infected with HIV after receiving blood transfusions…” (Masood, 12/5).

Reuters: Pakistani blood transfusions spreading hepatitis, HIV: official
“Lax oversight of blood banks means about a fifth of patients in Pakistan who get regular transfusions have been infected with hepatitis, a top government health official said on Friday. Some also get HIV…” (Houreld, 12/5).

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