SCARY! Illegal Blood Bank Patronized By Lagos Hospital Busted!
And it gets scarier to discover that blood received even in an hospital may not be safe.
In a country that has laws, Achegbulu Paul operates an illegal blood bank in his one room apartment with children as donors.
The 45-year-old medical lab technician was said to have lured under aged kids. He paid them 2,000 naira each while he sold their blood for N7,000.
Seven pints of blood belonging to innocent children of neighbours were recovered from him.
The suspect was arrested on Saturday, June 9 after he drew four pints of blood from 17-year-old Ayomide Adesanya on Monday June 4 and Saturday June 9.
He took two pints each on the two days.
The Commissioner of Police led his men to No. 18 Kusa bus stop Bariga to see the blood bank and paid a visit to the victim at the hospital after the case got to the Command.
“The illegal blood bank was uncovered after the last victim was hospitalised. Adesanya became weak after donating four pints of blood, collapsed and is currently receiving treatment at the Bariga Hospital.
“The mother told us that the daughter’s friend informed them of Adesanya's condition after she saw him on a bike looking like a corpse.
“Upon arrest, the illegal blood vendor confessed to selling blood to a hospital here in Lagos for 7,000 naira,” he said.
The suspect further stated that the victim told him that he was 20 years old. “It was until the parents came to confront me that I knew he was 17 years old.
According to the suspect, a Benue State indigene, he was trained as a lab scientist at the Nigerian Institute of Science Technology in Plateau.
“I am a trained technician and I've been operating the illegal blood bank for five years now,” he confessed.
The survivor has been transferred to Shomolu General Hospital by his parents for better medical care, Ayomide was being transfused with the 2nd pint of blood at about 5pm on Tuesday.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal, has directed that all those buying blood from the suspect to be investigated and arrested because they run an illegal blood bank.
The blood was not screened of HIV, Hepatitis among others and this just makes it easier to lose faith in the health sector.
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