Controversial ‘KATH blood’ tests negative of HIV, Syphilis

Controversial ‘KATH blood’ tests negative of HIV, Syphilis

- Laboratory tests have proven that the controversial Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) blood that allegedly had HIV and syphilis is negative

- The alarm was raised by a Ghanaian on social media that the blood had been transferred to his mother

- KATH has thus downplayed the ‘false’ alarm saying its Blood Bank is safe

Preliminary laboratory test conducted on units of blood samples alleged to be infected with HIV and Syphilis at KATH in the Ashanti Region, is negative.

The Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay and Rapid Plasma Reagin tests were conducted on the blood samples in the presence of police, officials of the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) and a man who raised the alarm that his mother was issued with the supposed blood infected with HIV and Syphilis.

The first test of the samples, according to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Myjoyonline.com, witnessed a tense atmosphere during the over two-hour period that the samples were taken to the lab.

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However, staff of the blood bank particularly, heaved a sigh of relief when the sample tests came out negative of HIV and Syphilis, the reporter said.

News of the alleged infected blood went haywire after a Facebook user, Addo-Kwabla Evans, alleged that the blood had been sold to his mother who had visited the hospital for treatment.

His alarm followed a screening of the blood by Kean Medical Center, a private health facility in Kumasi.

The Facebook post shook Ghanaians and got many people scared over the alleged blood.

But KATH has downplayed the report, saying blood from its bank are safe; and subsequently announced the setting up of a committee to investigate the alleged issue.

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Angry Mr. Addo-Kwabla had earlier refused to hand over two units of blood to the KATH insisting he will only do so if the test would be conducted at an independent laboratory.

However, after several hours of discussions with managers of the blood bank on Saturday, he agreed to involve the police.

He told Regional Crime Officer, ACP Peter Baba, he was no longer interested in following up on the case when asked to give a statement to the police.

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Upon a second thought, he gave the statement and handed over the two units of blood kept in a container in his car to the police.

Sounding apologetic, Addo-Kwabla told the police chief that he made that Facebook post out of emotions.

Checks by YEN.com.gh reveal that he had deleted the Facebook post.

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Meanwhile, the blood samples which were in the custody of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), are being sent to Accra for further testing under the watch of the NACP, Food and Drugs Authority, complainant, police and other officials of the Ministry of Health.

It is not clear how long the additional test to be conducted in Accra will last before the final result would be determined.

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