Women are tested for the Hepatitis C virus after a warning from the Blood Transfusion Service Board that blood product may have been contaminated.

The Blood Transfusion Board has set up screening clinics and a telephone helpline which is receiving thousands of queries. 

The likelihood is that fewer than one per cent of those treated with Anti-D will contract Hepatitis C.

While the likelihood of infection is low, statistics hold little comfort for the one hundred thousand women undergoing tests. Reporter Peter Cluskey speaks to some of the women being tested about their worries and anxieties. 

Waiting for the results is going to be a terrible long wait.

Specific concern surrounds a batch of the Anti-D vaccine issued to women in 1977 to around seven thousand women. 

The Blood Transfusion Board has rejected claims that it knew about the contamination since October 1989. According to Dr Terry Walsh of the Blood Transfusion Board, they only became aware of the problem very recently. 

The Council for the Status of Women has said that it wants reassurance for all women treated with Anti-D. Ann Taylor of the Council for the Status of Women urges for counselling services to be put in place for the affected.

Dr Seamus Healy of the Irish Medical Organisation outlines the role for the family doctors and GPs in the screening process. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 February 1994. The reporter is Peter Cluskey.