Hospital Blood Bank Shuts Down In Lagos After Mixing Up HIV Positive And Negative Blood Samples


Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly through its Health Service Committee on Tuesday, ordered the closure of the Gbagada General Hospital Blood Bank after it was discovered that screened & unscreened blood in the blood bank were not kept separately. They discovered that the blood bank mixes screened and unscreened blood samples and also fails to separate blood samples that have tested positive for HIV from the ones that tested negative.

The committee, which was accompanied by the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency HEFEMAA, were shocked  by the mess they encountered and took this action after discovering the unethical procedures during an inspection exercise at the Gbagada General Hospital.

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Speaking yesterday January 12th, after the inspection exercise, the Chairman of the committee, Segun Olulade, expressed dissatisfaction at the level of disorganization witnessed at the blood bank unit authorizing the immediate sealing off of the blood bank due to the anomaly of screened and unscreened blood muddle observed by HEFEMAA team leader and Executive Secretary, Dr. Mabel Adjekughele.

Noting that this negligence by those in charge of the blood bank poses danger to those who patronize the hospital, the HEFEMAA team leader advised that the blood bank be sealed pending when the place will be put in order.

Also discovered by the team during the inspection at the Cardiac and Renal center of the hospital, were equipment being under-utilized. The director of the center, Prof. Babatunde Olabode Green explained that some of the acquired world-class medical equipment were not functioning, either due to improper installations or poor quality of installation materials. Prof. Green also blamed power supply for the failure to run the facility to its full capacity.

Olulade in his response, stated that the committee will summon the contractors that handled the Cardiac and Renal Center project; Ministry of Health officials, Public-Private Partnership, PPP, and all necessary Agencies to investigate the poor state of the Center.

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