Private Hospital in Lagos Sealed for Transfusing Unscreened Blood
Lagos State government, through the State Blood Transfusion Service (LSBTS), has shut a private hospital located at Ago-Okota in Oshodi-Isolo Local Council of the state for engaging in unhealthy and unwholesome practice of collecting and transfusing unscreened blood to unsuspecting patients.
Executive Secretary of LSBTS Dr Bodunrin Osikomaiya, who disclosed this, said the health facility was sealed by LSBTS and the State Health Facilities Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA), following a tip off by a concerned citizen.
According to her, a concerned citizen had reached out to the agency to report the unwholesome practices of the facility.
“Following the tip off, and after thorough investigations, the enforcement teams of LSBTS and HEFAMAA, during their joint monitoring exercise in the area, visited the facility and confirmed to be true, the unwholesome, unprofessional and unethical medical practices and conduct of the hospital management,” she said.
Osikomaiya said the facility was shut for contravening the blood transfusion service law and for their unethical and unprofessional medical practice, as well as putting the lives of unsuspecting citizens at risk.
“This facility was sealed for contravening the provision of the Blood Transfusion Service law, specifically, law 10, item 31, which states that no person within Lagos State shall transfuse blood into a patient unless such blood has been screened, tested, labelled by the state blood transfusion committee, and found to be negative for all transmissible diseases including HIV I and II, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis and any other disease as may be deemed necessary by LSBTS,” she added.