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Baby injected with HIV blood on preventive treatmentPublish Date: Jan 14, 2014
Baby injected with HIV blood on preventive treatment
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Rosemary Namubiru in court. Photo by Juliet Kasirye
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By Innocent Anguyo

IN a bid to prevent her from contracting HIV, the baby who was allegedly exposed to the virus after a nurse injected her with HIV-infected blood has been put on preventive treatment.

Buganda Road Court in Kampala on Monday charged the 65-year old nurse, Rosemary Namubiru with attempted murder. 

She was arrested last week for injecting the two-year-old baby with HIV-infected blood.

According to the police, Namubiru who is HIV-positive, was arrested at Victoria Medical Centre on Lumumba road in Nakasero, Kampala where she worked and had reportedly committed the crime.

The parents of the victim had taken her to the health facility for treatment when the incident occurred.

Police earlier revealed that Namubiru was arrested following complaints by the baby’s parents, who claim to have seen her inject their baby using an unsterilized syringe that she had also used on herself.

Nicholas Opio, Victoria Medical Centre's lawyer said the facility tested the baby and found her HIV-negative.

Opio further revealed that the baby has now been put on Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP).

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is short-term antiretroviral treatment to reduce the likelihood of HIV infection after potential exposure, either occupationally or through sexual intercourse.

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