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Thursday, July 04, 2019

Expert Says ''10 Per Cent Of Blood Certified ‘Good’ Contains HIV ''

Attainment of zero new HIV cases in Nigeria may be a mirage given that at least 10 per cent of blood passed as “good” for transfusion when analysed using PCR machine, a more sophisticated test contains HIV, an expert has warned.




Professor Georgina Odaibo who stated this in her inaugural lecture titled “The Same Enemy, Different Consequences” at the University of Ibadan.

Odaibo, Head, Department of Virology, University of Ibadan, quoted a new study that retested blood samples passed as good for transfusion using a rapid test device that when analysed using the PCR machine found some were infected with HIV.

“We must make sure that blood that is to be transfused is safe. So, there is a need for us to make sure that we have ELISA-based testing for all blood that will be transfused and that trained manpower is available in various hospitals.

“In developed countries, they use PCR which is a more sensitive technique to pick HIV even if it is present in the very minute quantity. That is the level we should move to in Nigeria if we really want to control the level of HIV in this country.”

Professor Odaibo said although the majority of the epidemic prone viruses have been effectively controlled in the developed world, the same viruses remain serious health problems in developing countries.

The don stated that this challenge is compounded by additional factors of low investment in research funding and management, poor governance, weak health care infrastructure, lack of commitment and discipline that is required for surveillance and disease control.


Professor Odaibo stated that “With viruses accounting for over 70 per cent of infectious diseases and epidemics in Nigeria and other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, the need for strengthening of training, research and surveillance in virology in Nigeria is very urgent.

“The vaccination coverage is unacceptably very low in many parts of Nigeria. It requires research to understand the reasons, and use of results to understand the reasons and use the results to plan appropriate intervention programmes.”
from tribune

29 comments:

  1. We don enter am in this country




    *Larry was here*

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    1. Stella it is so true. That was how my sister got hiv 15 years ago. Thank God she’s healthy. This country is really shithole

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    2. Shes healthy?
      HOW???
      The HIV is gone from her system?

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    3. 12;35 pls educate yourself, my sis is a lab scientist. She keeps insisting I feed my baby ugu or any blood supplements. Ugu is cheap Mk it a daily diet 💙

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    4. @Anon 13:41,u didn't answer the question....what kept her going?? Anti retroviral drugs or the ugu leaves???

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  2. Gosh! This is pathetic. What would we get right in this Country of ours? This is really heartbreaking. Ha!.

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  3. God save us from the unknown

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  4. Get your visas and leave that evenly country!!

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    1. same here. canada pls cut down to 443.

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    2. Me with my 470 still never get my PR. Those guys are so slow now ehn. And to think I submitted in December

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    1. My dear don't o,I'm a health practitioner and I can beat my chest that this is so true.Nigeria has a long way to go as far as HIV intervention is concerned.Do you know that Nigeria is now among the top African countries with HIV epidemic...it's that bad.

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  6. I had unprotected sex in march last year,did the ELISA HIV test in july last year,it was negative. Since then I have been celibate,not had any issues,been really careful with what I allow close to & into my body. I repeated the test June 28 this year it was also negative. I will never have unprotected sex. Will remain celibate. Will soon relocate to the US to be with my fiancée, we already booked appointment for general medicals/text since we are already planning on having a family together. Wow the fear of getting these dangerous diseases really messes up ones emotions,its a crazy roller coaster feeling. Can't risk it...I thank God I met the one already,now we can be more accountable.
    Really naija need to do better.

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  7. That's why rapid rest is done at 3months interval. I dont completely agree with him.#spotremover#

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    1. For someone that is barely 3 months post infection, the rapid test won’t detect nothing especially if the individual has very strong immunity. That doesn’t mean the virus isn’t present or transferable by blood transfusion.

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  8. I think the Eliza machine should be used in emergency, then rapid test for voluntary donors but should be checked at intervals.#spotremover#

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  9. Aamiin 🙏

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  10. and some idiots still believe hiv is only gotten through sex, my sister in-law got infected through blood transfusion after fibrod operation. the husband is negative, but very supportive, it's been 12 years now, and you can't know unless you're told

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  11. everywhere I open, hiv news , haha wetin sef, abeg make I summon courage go do the test jare, make I know my fate

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  12. I am already afraid cos I am receiving blood transfusion as I type this message. This was after a successful fibroid operation.

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  13. @Ify have the believe that all will be well, I wish you quick recovery

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