HIV infection: Victims to get Rs 5 lakh

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh to four people, who contracted HIV after blood transfusion in a government civil hospital at Mangaldoi, Darrang. Gogoi said that the state government will bear the medical expenses for their treatment. While three persons, including Dr Jiten Sahariya — in charge of the blood bank attached to the hospital — have been suspended, Gogoi has asked the state advocate general to explore legal options for initiating action against the guilty.