NGO Worker and Nurse Fake HIV Results

A Health NGO worker employed by Global Fund and a nurse will know their fate this Tuesday after they allegedly faked results of an HIV test in favour of the nurse’s husband.

The husband wanted to secure employment using the same results.

Angela Chipere of Valley stands, who is employed by the international health NGO and Shamiso Punzwana, a nurse at Gokwe District hospital, allegedly connived resulting in Chipere producing a fake record of negative HIV results without carrying proper tests on Punzwana’s husband.

The co-accused, who were working at the same institution at the time, appeared before magistrate Shepherd Mnjanja on charges of criminal abuse of duty as public officers and they were remanded in custody awaiting sentencing Tuesday.

 Prosecutor Tinei Tirigo told the court that on the 16th of April 2014 and at around 8 am at the local hospital, Punzwana approached Chipere requesting her to issue HIV test results in favour of her husband, Tawanda Muhenyeri. Punzwana indicated to Chipere that her husband wanted to secure a job at a certain cotton company which required negative HIV results.

The state further alleges that Chipere went on to produce a document bearing negative results in favour of Muhenyeri without carrying proper HIV tests. The endorsed results however belonged to Mujeyi Bongwani who had also been tested on the same day.

On the 27th October detectives received information on the accused persons’ conduct leading to their subsequent arrest.

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