Disturbed by what they termed unethical practices in the blood bank section of the Gbagada General Hospital in Lagos, the Lagos State House of Assembly through its committee on health services has directed that the section be temporarily shut down.
The committee members, who were on visit to the hospital in the accompany of the officials of the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFEMAA), ordered the closure of the blood bank on the discovery of some unethical procedures during the inspection.
Segun Olulade, chairman of the committee, who lamented the unhealthy practice, authorised the immediate sealing off of the blood bank due to the anomaly of screened and unscreened blood muddled together.
Mabel Adjekughele, the executive secretary of HEFEMAA, had observed that the blood bank was in bad state, with screened and unscreened blood not separated while blood that tested positive was also muddled with that which tested negative.
It was gathered that angered by this act of negligence, which poses danger to those who patronise the hospital, the HEFEMAA team leader advised that the blood bank be sealed pending when the place would be put in order.
The committee also visited the Cardiac and Renal Centre also located in Gbagada General Hospital, where Babatunde Olabode Green, the director of the centre, told the committee that some of the world-class medical equipment were not functioning, either due to improper installations or poor quality of installation.
Green, a professor, also blamed power supply for the failure to run the facility to its full capacity, just as he noted that the facility was commissioned and handed over to the Renescor Health in that condition.