Health Ministry Driver sues boss for accusing him of being HIV positive

The driver said that he has since suffered stigmatisation and scorn over the claims and is, therefore, demanding a GHC20,000 compensation

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A staff at the Ministry of Health has dragged a director at the ministry to court for accusing him of being HIV positive.

The plaintiff, Edward Ghunney, who used to be the official driver of the director, said he was accused of being HIV positive after he had donated during a blood donation exercise in July 2014.

According to him, the director, Justina Ansah later told him that he had tested positive for the virus.

He has since rejected those claims, but the director stopped him from driving her.

This was in spite of tests from the Central Laboratory that he did not have the virus.

The plaintiff said that as a result of the stigmatisation and scorn he suffered, he requested a transfer to another department (the disease surveillance).

“I became traumatized and scornfully looked upon by my working colleagues who avoided me like a plague infested person”, he told the Ghanaians Times newspaper.

In his affidavit to an Accra High Court, Ghunney is demanding a GHC20,000 compensation from the blood service and a letter of apology with copies to be posted on the notice board of the service.

He added that even though the summon has been received by the defendant, his lawyers are yet to receive a response.

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