3 people in Trinidad & Tobago are believed to have contracted HIV from contaminated blood transfusions.
On Wednesday, T&T’s Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh made the revelation while speaking in Parliament, after he was asked about the risk of HIV-infected blood donors.
In his response, Deyalsingh said all blood is tested for HIV prior to use and discarded if discovered positive. However, he also revealed that his ministry is currently investigating if 3 people – including an 8-year-old boy, contracted HIV as a result of erroneous blood transfusions.
The bad blood is said to have been administered at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, following an alleged error at the National Blood Transfusion Service.
Deyalsingh is being asked to review his processes to address the apparent systematic flaws and find the persons responsible to hold them accountable. He did not commit to making any changes but did say the matter is pending an internal investigation and more information would be available at a later date.
This investigation follows last year’s discovery of 5 primary school students between the ages of 8-13 infected with HIV and never receiving treatment. After an investigation, it was determined all 5 students had been born with the disease.