The Police in Abura Dunkwa in the Central Region have arrested a senior Laboratory Technician for allegedly selling the blood of patients to some persons for rituals.
Stephen Nyan is suspected of selling the blood to the men known as Sakawa boys at GHC5,000 or GHC10,000 per pint depending on the purchasing power of the buyer.
He is suspected of drawing more blood than required for his tests and then stores the excess for sale to ritualists in need of human blood for their rituals.
Regional Police PRO, Asp Irene Oppong, told Joy News the suspect has been trading in the blood of some pregnant women and babies at the Abura Dunkwa Government Hospital for several years.
She said repeated complaints from residents of the community led to Mr Nyan’s arrest.
“The police through investigations made someone pose as a buyer and he agreed to sell the blood sample to him,” ASP Oppong said.
She explained they found some of the blood samples displayed on his table when they searched his house.
“So we charged him with stealing because the blood sample is the property of the hospital,” she said, adding he took the blood without authorisation from the hospital.
Joy News’ Central Regional Correspondent, Kwadwo Nyarko, reports residents are living in fear over the issue.
Some of them who spoke to the reporter said they will no longer go to the hospital for their medical needs.
A total of 50 pregnant women and babies are reported to have died in the hospital and residents are blaming it on activities of Mr Nyan.