REPORTS that some health workers at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) have been charging patients for blood transfusion have raised concern among members of the public who have since appealed to government to immediately intervene.
Davies Mulomba, a concerned member of the public said that the reports are patients buying blood were disturbing because people who willing donate their blood to the health institution and it was therefore not right that s health workers should engage in the illegal business of selling donated blood.
Mr. Mulomba said that it was disappointing that health workers who were charged with the responsibility of taking care of the health of people were taking advantage of their vulnerability to exploit them.
He said that there was need for UTH management to look into reports of donated blood being sold by health workers and ensure that those involved should be brought to book.
‘’We are all aware that there are people in need of blood and that is why people from across the country are donating blood for those in need and it is not fair for the health workers to start selling the blood that we are donating. The blood is meant for emergencies and that is why most of us offered to donate blood at any chance we get. We are concerned about saving the lives of people who are in need of blood but it is shocking that health workers are allegedly sailing the life-saving plasma‘’, said Mr. Mulomba.
And Natasha Kopolo, another Lusaka resident said was worried about the reports of health workers selling blood and demanded that all those who would be found should be relived of their duties because they were using their positions to extort money from patients.
And University Teaching Hospital (UTH) has warned health workers at the health institution who were engaging in the act of selling blood meant for donation of stern action if caught.
UTH public relations manager Mwenya Mulenga said it was saddening that some workers at the health institution were exploiting members of the public instead of serving them diligently.
Mr. Mulenga said the institution would launch investigations into the matter and the culprits would be brought to book.
“We are going to investigate the matter and all the culprits will not go unpunished because this is very serious. It is denting the name of UTH and the management team and we will not allow our personnel to exploit patients and enrich themselves at the expense of innocent patients.