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Its Judgment Day for Nurse in HIV Contaminated Blood Case :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Its Judgment Day for Nurse in HIV Contaminated Blood Case

If convicted, the nurse faces seven years in jail and would be the first Ugandan medical worker to be sentenced under a colonial-era law against negligent acts likely to lead to the spread of an infectious disease. Chief Magistrate Olive Kazaarwe is expected to deliver the judgment.

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Buganda Road Court in Kampala is today delivering its judgment in a rare case of criminal negligence against a nurse, Rosemary Namubiru who reportedly pricked a toddler with  a HIV contaminated cannula.

 

Rosemary Namubiru, currently on remand in Luzira, reportedly drew her HIV positive blood and used the same cannula to prick a toddler she was treating at Victoria Medical Centre on Lumumba Avenue in Kampala early this year.

The 64-year-old nurse had been charged with attempted murder in an unusual case that was seen as a horrifying example of the prevalent lax hospital standards. The charge was however revised following an outcry from activists.  The activists argued that the nurse was a victim of  rampant stigma.

 

If convicted, the nurse faces seven years in jail and would be the first Ugandan medical worker to be sentenced under a colonial-era law against negligent acts likely to lead to the spread of an infectious disease. Chief Magistrate Olive Kazaarwe is expected to deliver the judgment.

 

Prosecution adduced eight witnesses linking the nurse to the crime including the mother of the child Ms Ruth Ankunda.

 

In her testimony, Ms Ankunda narrated to court the ordeal of how she witnessed her baby being injected with a cannula that the nurse had first used on pricking her index finger. The mother who was the first prosecution witness in her emotional testimony told court that she had taken her baby for treatment since he had a sore throat.

 

But in her defense, Ms Namubiru admitted to court for having pricked her finger while trying to treat the baby and that she could not recall whether or not she used the same cannula to prick the child.

 

 

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