Mother Accuses Nsanje Hospital Of Transfusing HIV Contaminated Blood In Her Daughter

A woman from the traditional authority Katunga in Nsanje is accusing the district’s hospital of deliberately transfusing blood that was contaminated with HIV into her daughter.

According to a report on Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), the woman said in 2002, her daughter was diagnosed with Malaria and required a blood transfusion.

But due to differences in blood group, nurses injected blood from the hospital’s stores, which the woman believes was contaminated with the deadly virus.

She said soon after the operation, the girl child, who is now aged 11, temporarily got better, but developed some health complications.

She said the girl was later tested HIV positive when her and her husband were HIV negative, but could not take the hospital to task at that time for fear of the unknown.

The woman, who did not want to be named, also claimed that recently she delivered two babies that are both HIV negative, a further indication that their daughter indeed got the virus from the hospital.

However, Nsanje District Publicist Felix Simbi said there is a need to thoughroughly investigate the matter.

“This issue needs thoughrough investigations. We will also have to assess the parents’ understanding on the modes of HIV and AIDS transmission,” said Simbi.

Meanwhile, the woman said she is struggling to provide the basic necessities; in as far as balanced diet is concern, for her HIV positive daughter, as she is poor.

5 Comments for “Mother Accuses Nsanje Hospital Of Transfusing HIV Contaminated Blood In Her Daughter”

  1. the truth

    The truth could be that the child was given blood from a person who had just contaminated the HIV the very same week and was undergoing the period where the virus was settling in his blood and tested negative that time.

    That’s why when you have been exposed to HIV you are supposed to go back for testing after 3 months to prove you negative but in Malawi someone might have been exposed to HIV and go for blood donation a week later and will still test negative while the virus has entered their blood and its undergoing gestation period.

    This problem will always be there because the people that donate blood are never followed up. Someone might test negative today and in a month time test positive. hard to understand indeed. l feel sorry for the innocent girl whom her future has been shattered. Lord have mercy on her.

  2. Mr P

    Following the news on Zodiaki radio,one is given the feeling that some CBO guys have cheated this lady and the family into taking the blood donation acusation.Firstly,let me mention that it is very sad that our media keep giving the nation raw stuff without any thorough verification from experts.As someone with 8 years of top level clinical and programatic HIV and AIDS management experience,iam convinced that there is no way the family will ever know how their child got HIV.ALL options are possible.Firstly as someone has said,are we really sure the parents are negative?Are the parents truly the parents of this kid?Have we ruled out the posibility of sexual abuse?Can we go back with certainty and say the hospital gave the child blood with the virus?By the way,are we sure the hospital meant the dad and the kid differed on blood group or the dad had HIV?As a matter of fact,what i know is that hospitals dont give someone fresh blood directly.Even if i donate today for my child,he may not get my exact blood.May be things have changed but this has been the practice for the past few years.
    the parents must accept and help the child leave a good life.You may only expose the child to stigma and discrimination if you start running aound with her,exposing her status.But you will never reverse the status of the child and you will never prove who or how the child got infected.

  3. nachisale

    The hospital is to blame and its an insult for people to suggest that the parents do not understand about HIV transmission. The girl tested HIV positive long ago when she was younger than now. What needs to happen is just confirmation for formality purposes so that the girl is compansated. Its sad people do not realise that hospitals can transmit the HIV virus and start talking nonsense and blaming a little gilr that she was either raped or someone slept with her. What if it was a boy? May God bless girl and guide the family.

  4. zoona

    Very sorry. The family needs moral support. Let’s leave everything in the hands of the Almighty.

  5. the unknown critic

    You might never know may be the girl possible was being sexed by an adult ( a nearby neighbor or relative or teacher or house boy) who was HIV positive. Try to reason within these lines than shifting all the blame on the Hospital.

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