A nurse who was arrested for allegedly drawing her HIV positive blood before injecting it into a child in the process of administering treatment has been charged and remanded to Luzira prison.
Rosemary Namubiru, 64, was produced before Buganda Road Court to answer to charges of attempted murder. She denied the charges
Chief Magistrate Olive Kazaarwe sent her to Luzira prison until January 31 following her failure to apply for bail. She also never had a legal representative in court.
Over the weekend, the country was thrown into dismay after Namubiru was arrested by Wandegeya police for maliciously infecting her patients mainly the children with her HIV positive blood.
Prosecution led by Martin Rukundo, alleges that on January 7, 2014 at Victoria Medical Centre, along Lumumba Avenue in Kampala, Namubiru with intent to unlawfully cause the death of two year-old Mathew Mushabe, pricked her finger and used the same syringe to inject the same child well knowing that she was HIV/Aids positive.
According to police records, on the fateful day the child was showing signs of tonsillitis, an inflammation of the tonsils.
The mother of the victim decided to take her sick son to Victoria Medical Centre, one of the health centers on the family’s health insurance scheme.
Unfortunately on her arrival, she found that the doctor who normally attends to her family was absent before the medical facility assigned nurse Namubiru.
But to the mother’s surprise, the nurse got hold of a syringe, first pierced one of her fingers, drew out some blood, and then injected the baby.
The terrified mother shouted at the nurse to stop injecting her child before reporting the matter to the in-charge of the facility leading to her arrest.
Later the victim’s family demanded to know Namubiru’s HIV status and upon testing, she was found to be positive.
Immediately, the child was transferred to another health centre and put on PEP treatment for the next 30 days with the aim of avoiding the contraction of the deadly virus.