KATH: ‘HIV-Syphilis’ blood tests negative

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The first of three laboratory tests meant to be done on two units of blood bought from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, which allegedly was contaminated with HIV and Syphilis, has come out negative.

The test was conducted by KATH.

The remaining two tests are to be done by the National Public Health Reference Laboratory and the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service, separately.

The pints have been dispatched to Accra for the remaining tests.

Officials of the National AIDS Control Programme, the Food and Drugs Authority, the complainant, the police and officers of the Public Health Unit of the Health Ministry, will all be present throughout the separate tests.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service is aiding a committee set up by the KATH to probe the contamination allegation.

The committee, which also comprises representatives from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), the National AIDS Control Programme and the National Public Health Reference Lab, was constituted after a post went viral on social media about the alleged sale of the HIV-Syphilis-infested blood by KATH to a patient of a private hospital.

In a Facebook post, one Addo-Kwabla Evans accused KATH of selling two units of HIV-Syphilis-infested blood to his mother.

The alleged contamination was discovered after screening of the blood units by the Kean Health Centre, a private medical centre in Kumasi.

A press release issued by the Public Relations Officer of KATH, Kwame Frimpong, on Saturday, 1 December 2018, said: “… The allegation under reference is only based on the alleged screening test done on the blood at a private clinic and not on confirmatory tests as required under the protocol for handling such cases”.

It added that the Ghana Police Service has been invited to “ensure the integrity of the investigations into the matter”.

The Chief Executive Officer of KATH, has, therefore, entreated “the patient and the family to release the blood units in question to the investigating team or the police for a further and confirmatory test in line with established protocols”.

The release further indicated that: “KATH has a track record of stringent blood testing protocols and maintains the highest standard for blood safety”.

Source:Ghana Dinpafm.com/91.3

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