Indian NGO wants biometrics linked to blood donations
10 January 2019 17:47 GMT

An organisation in the Indian state of Tamil Nadue wants the government to link blood donations to biometrics to prevent HIV being spread through transfusions.

The Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) plans to propose to the government that all future blood donors in the State record their biometric details so that issues related to fake credentials are addressed and timely medical care is provided to those who test HIV-positive during the screening process, reported the Hindu Business Line.

The proposal comes close on the heels of a pregnant woman being transfused with HIV-infected blood donated by a youth in Sivakasi government blood bank, and raised questions over the present screening process.

The move is also to ensure timely initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) to donors who test positive for HIV. About two dozen donors tested positive for HIV during 2015-18.

“We are going to propose to the government to have a programme to capture the biometrics of blood donors,” Project Director, TANSACS, K Senthil Raj told PTI.

Of the two dozen donors, some were untraceable, a section of them did not cooperate and others had provided fake identity and false contact details, he said.

“In such cases, biometrics will help identify and bring them into the system by doing a test to confirm the presence of the virus through informed consent,” he said.