Tuesday, January 23, 2018

One patient dies*

Three contract HIV from contaminated blood

PROPER INVESTIGATION: Minister in the Ministry of Legal Affairs and the Attorney General Stuart Young makes his contribution in Parliament in Port of Spain yesterday. At left is Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, and, at right, AG Faris Al-Rawi. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

ONE of the three people infected with HIV from contaminated blood from the National Blood Bank Transfusion Centre is dead.
Asked by Caroni East MP Dr Tim Gopeesingh whether there was any claim before the Government for compensation on behalf of the family of the deceased, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young stated in Parliament yesterday:
“The first point that needs to be made is that this person who unfortunately has passed away is not (dead) as a result of his contamination.”
He said, however, the estate of a person who is deceased may continue to pursue action on his or her behalf.
Gopeesingh also asked about the compensation for the two other victims, one of whom was a child.
Young said as is customary in dealing with any issues of liability on behalf of the State, the first thing that needed to be done was a proper investigation in order to arrive at a decision on the State’s liability.

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