24-year-old Batasi Biswas was shattered to learn that she was HIV positive when she got herself tested during pregnancy at the School of Tropical Medicine. Now 10 months later it has emerged that the hospital erred and allegedly took away medical records from the patient when she tried to lodge a complaint.
Batsai underwent a Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay or Elisa, a biochemical procedure that detects HIV antibody or antigen in a sample. "The first two tests in early 2009 were negative. But after the third test in April 2009, the doctors at STM called me and said I was suffering from HIV infection. I was shattered," Batasi said.
Her son was born in May and she returned to the STM in December for another test. "Doctors told me my condition was better but I was still suffering from the infection. After the last test in February 2010, they revealed that I had never suffered from HIV infection. We were stunned. When we wanted to lodge a complaint, the doctors forcibly took away all my medical reports," she added.
A NGO has helped her file a complaint. STM director Krishnangshu Roy said that a 3-member panel was looking into it and that the results would be revealed in 7 days.