“Contaminated” KATH blood: Dying patient thrown out of hospital


    The patient at the centre of the of the “contaminated blood” fiasco involving the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Madam Christiana Ampong has been denied further medical care by the Kean Medical Centre where she was been treated prior to the controversy.

    The woman who has been in urgent need of blood since Friday, 30th November, 2018 has been left to her fate as she battles for her life on her sick bed  at home with no medical attention, Angel News can confirm.

    “Nobody cares about mama anymore and it is a miracle that she is still alive; the doctors at Kean Medical Centre have said they cannot continue with her treatment because of this issue. She has still not gotten the blood transfusion as we speak”, her son, Evans Addo-Kwabla told  Nana Yaw Amagyei in an interview.

    News broke on Saturday, 1st December, 2018 over two different units of blood obtained from the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit Blood Bank at KATH that tested positive for HIV and syphilis following a retro test and VDRL test respectively, by the Kean Medical Centre, private clinic in Kumasi.

    The said units of blood were meant to be administered to Madam Christiana Ampong who was receiving treatment at the medical facility following a protracted illness.

    The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital which says it has “a track record of stringent blood testing protocols and maintains the highest standards for blood safety”, immediately constituted a five member committee to “guarantee an independent investigation into the matter”, a statement signed by the Head of Public Affairs of the hospital, Kwame Frimpong said.

    On Sunday, 2nd December 2018, it was reported that preliminary tests conducted on samples of the said units of blood tested negative for HIV and syphilis, contrary to earlier claims.

    “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 and a man who alleged his mother was issued with the supposed blood infected with HIV and Syphilis”, Kumasi-based Nhyira FM reported.

    “Yes I was there when they were taking the samples, yes I saw they were been put in a machine for the tests, but no I wasn’t part of the waiting process that was to take 3 hours, because I was told I could go and return later” Evans Addo-Kwabla disclosed.

    Asked whether or not he trusted the process, Evans who would not make a definitive statement only said, “if Bukom Banku and Ayittey Powers are fighting and Banku’s wife is the referee, what do you expect?”

    The family of Madam Christiana  Ampong say they are afraid to send her to any medical facility to seek care for her because they fear doctors would be “too careful” when dealing with her because of the controversy.

    Our sources at KATH say an invitation has been extended to the family to avail the dying woman for medical attention and the needed blood transfusion but the request has been declined.

    The sickly woman laid feebly in a sofa gasping for breath at her Tafo Nhyiaeso residence when Angel FM’s Nana Yaw Amagyei visited her on Monday.

    She lamented her current situation and quizzed “how can I go back to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for medical attention at a time they are in this banter with my son?”

    She has pleaded that the investigations be conducted speedily into the matter.

    At the time of filing this story, Madam Christiana Ampong had still not gotten the medical care that she badly requires.

    By: Edward Amagyei Naaso//ABNGHANA.COM