The Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has arrested a 30-year-old man for allegedly operating an illegal clinic and infecting a 6-year-old boy with HIV through transfusion of unscreened blood.
The state Commandant of NSCDC, Lawan Bashir-Kano, told journalists yesterday in Lafia that the suspect, Jonathan Ibrahim, was arrested on July 17.
He said that Ibrahim, who hails from Iwashi village in Doma Local Government Area of the state, was arrested following complaint about his activities from members of the public. Bashir-Kano said preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect, who operates an unregistered clinic, last year, transfused contaminated blood to the 6-year-old boy, thereby infecting him with HIV.
He said the parents of the boy recently discovered that he had been infected with the virus, adding that tests were carried out on the lad in Lafia following frequent illness which showed that he was HIV positive.
The commandant said the suspect had confessed to running an illegal clinic and transfused unscreened blood to the patient in question at his facility last year.
Bashir-Kano said the command, in collaboration with the state Ministry of Health, as well as the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria would ensure that the suspect was prosecuted.
“If such persons are not made to face the wrath of the law, there would be increased cases of untimely death occasioned by fake medical treatment,” he said.
The commandant called on members of the public to be vigilant and wary of fake medical practitioners.
He added that they should report any suspicious medical personnel or outfit to security agencies for action.
The suspect who told journalists he graduated from the School of Health Technology, Keffi as an environmental health officer, confessed that he had no license to operate the clinic.