General News of Sunday, December 2, 2018
The blood of KATH is said to have become infected with HIV and syphilis
Preliminary laboratory test performed on blood units, reportedly infected with HIV and syphilis at the Komoko Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) are negative.
The Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay and Rapid Plasma Reagin tests were conducted in the presence of police officers of the National AIDS Control Program and a man who claimed that his mother had been promoted with blood allegedly infected with HIV and syphilis.
Joy News, reporter at Nhyira FM, Ohemeng Tawiah, who also witnessed the first test of the samples, reported on the KATH laboratory test over two hours.
Takeover of the CID
The blood samples, which are in the care of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), become the We Accra to the Accra investigation of the National AIDS Control Program, the Food and Drugs Authority, the complainant, the police and other officials of the Ministry of Health.
The Ashanti Region Criminal Investigations Department (CID) investigated the case after a Facebook post by Addo-Kwabla Evans on Friday accusing Komo Anokye Teaching Hospital of HIV and syphilis-infected blood to have sold to his sick mother.
This is followed by a blood test by the Kean Medical Center, a private health facility in Kumasi
But KATH downplayed the report and said blood from his bank was safe. The management of the facility then announced the establishment of a committee to investigate the alleged issue.
Angry Mr. Addo-Kwabla initially refused to surrender two units of blood The Komko Anokye Teaching Hospital insists that he will do so only if the test is conducted in an independent laboratory is carried out.
After several hours of talks with the Blood Bank officials on Saturday, he agreed with the police. He told the Regional Crime Officer, AKP Peter Baba, that he was no longer interested in following up the case when he was asked to make a statement to the police.
After a second thought, he made a statement and handed the two units blood in a container in his car for the police.
Mr. Addo-Kwabla, who sounds apologetic, told the police chief that his Facebook post on this subject is made up of emotions.
It is not clear how long the additional test in Accra will take, the final result would be determined.