A patient receiving treatment at a private hospital in Kumasi, would have contracted HIV/AIDS and Syphilis had the health facility not ran another test the on two pints of blood acquired from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to be administered to her.
“Good evening sir/madam and thanks for the blood. Unfortunately batch number K 3654 was retro positive and batch number MB 5806 was VDRL positive”, a note from the Kean Health Centre to the Transfusion Medicine Unit of KATH on Friday, 30th November, 2018 read.
The venereal disease research laboratory (VDRL) test, as mentioned in the medical note, is used to detect if a person has been infected with the bacteria causing syphilis, which is a sexually transmitted disease.
The test detects the presence of antibodies against the bacteria Treponema pallidum. This test is only indicative, and if positive, it must be followed up with another blood test to make a definitive diagnosis of syphilis, experts say.
The retro positive test on the other hand looks for HIV infection in blood or saliva.
It is unclear how many recipients of blood from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Blood Bank, the main blood repository in the ashanti region could possibly contract communicable diseases by no fault of theirs.
Addo Kwabla-Evans, son of the patient who had gone to the accident and emergency unit blood bank of the hospital told Angel News how people, including some nurses at KATH rushed in to pick blood to attend to emergencies at the wards at the time he was at the hospital to request 2 pints for his sick mother.
Most of the health facilities in the Ashanti region source their blood from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital due to the non-availability of transfusion equipment and storage facilities at the smaller health facilities.
At the time of filing this story, the Ghana Police Service had visited the two health facilities at the center of this controversy to ascertain the veracity of the issue, which has since gone viral on most social media platforms.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation is joinings its global partners to commemorate World AIDS Day 2018 under the theme “Know Your Status”.
This will also be an occasion to celebrate the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day – a pioneering global health campaign first initiated by WHO in 1988.
By: Edward Amagyei Naaso//ABNGHANA.COM