Saturday Tribune investigation further gathered that the fears of the people stemmed from the fact that the said health worker (names withheld) had allegedly been operating in the community unchallenged by the officials of the state’s Ministry of health for almost two years, after which the lid was blown off his criminal activities two weeks ago, when he allegedly transfused the four children who had malaria with the infected blood.
It was further learnt that he had admitted the children as patients, but the situation of the children allegedly deteriorated, which made the parents to seek medical help in another hospital where it was allegedly discovered that the blood administered on the children had been infected with HIV.
Further checks, however, revealed that the officials of the Niger State Ministry of Health, who were said to have been tipped off through the state’s Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS swung into action and invited the police to arrest the health worker.
It could, however, not be ascertained where the infected blood was sourced by the suspect before it was transfused into the affected children, just as it was gathered that the blood might have been donated by one of the villagers without being screened with the usual procedural test as is the case in public or private hospitals.
Confirming the incident in an interview with the Saturday Tribune on Thursday in Minna, the state capital, was the state’s Commissioner of Health and Hospital Services, Mallam Yahaya Dansallawu, who said, “we have set up a committee which visited Bejin on Thursday and we are awaiting the report but we tested one of the four children we were told was involved and unfortunately the one we tested was actually HIV positive.”
The commissioner stated that the incident just got to the notice of the ministry about two weeks ago and the hospital has been closed down and the man handed over to the police. He added that the ministry would come out with the full report after the committee set up had submitted its report.