KATH to investigate alleged contaminated blood

The formation of the committee follows an allegation by one Addo Kwabla-Evans who posted on Facebook that he bought a blood unit from the blood bank of KATH which tested positive for HIV and Syphilis.

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"Oh what a Ghana we live in. Blood bought from Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital blood bank (Meant for my mum) is proved by kean Health centre as Syphilis and HIV positive .Please share this post to help save lives. Its my mum today, tomorrow it could be you or a relative," he wrote on Facebook.

But in a swift response, the Chief Executive of KATH in a statement said the hospital has a "track record of stringent blood testing protocols and maintains the highest standards for blood stafety."

The statement, signed by the Kwame Frimpong, Head of Public Affairs, said the Chief Executive of KATH has taken a serious view of the report under reference and has consequently set up a five-member committee to investigate the veracity or otherwise of the allegation.

"The committee's membership will, among others, include representation from the National Health Reference Laboratory, the Ghana Police Service, the Food and Drugs Authority and National AIDS Control Programme to guarantee an independent investigation," according to the statement.

The matter has also been referred to the police to further ensure the integrity of the investigation into the matter, the hospital said.

Meanwhile the hospital has urged the family of the patient to release the blood unit in question to the investigating team of the Ghana Police Service for further and confirmatory test in line with established protocols.

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