General News 2 December 2018 Source: Myjoyonline.com 02/12/2018 The KATH blood was considered to be infected with HIV and syphilis…
General News 2 December 2018
Preliminary laboratory tests performed on blood units alleged to be infected with HIV and syphilis at the Komfo Anokye Medical Hospital (KATH) are negative.
Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay and Rapid Plasma Reagin Tests were performed on the blood samples in the presence of police officers of the National Aid Control Program and a man who claimed that his mother was issued with the infected blood infected with HIV and syphilis.
Joy News reporter with Nhyira FM, Ohemeng Tawiah who also witnessed the first sample of the test reported that the laboratory test at KATH lasted over two hours.
CID takes over
The blood samples deposited by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) are sent to Accra for further testing according to the complaint of the National AIDS Control Program, the Food and Drugs Authority, the complainant, the police and other officials at the Ministry of Health.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ashanti Region took over investigations of the case following a Facebook post by Addo-Kwabla Evans on Friday, where he accused Komfo Anokye Medical Hospital of selling blood infected with HIV and syphilis to his sick mother
It follows a screening of the blood of Kean Medical Center, a private health facility in Kumasi.
But KATH has slowed down the report and said that blood from the bank is safe. The management of the facility then announced that a committee would be set up to investigate the alleged problem.
Angry Mr. Addo Kwabla had initially refused to hand over two blood units to Komfo Anokye Education Hospital insists that he will only do so if the test was to be carried out in an independent laboratory.
After several hours of discussions with the blood bank leaders on Saturday, he agreed to involve the police. He told regional prosecutor, ACP Peter Baba, he was no longer interested in following up the matter when he asked to make a statement to the police.
On a second thought, he gave a statement and handed over the two units blood held in a container in his car to the police.
Pending excuses, Addo-Kwabla told the police chief that his Facebook post on the question was made by emotions.
It is not clear how long the additional test to be performed in Accra will be before the final result should be determined.