Uganda: Two Health Workers, Security Guard Arrested Over Theft of Drugs

Bundibugyo — Police in Bundibugyo District are investigating three health workers attached to Bukangama Health Centre III in Bukonzo Sub County for allegedly stealing government drugs at the facility.

The suspects who include a security guard at the facility, were arrested early this week.

The District Health Officer, Dr Christopher Kiyita said the suspects have been interdicted and when investigations are complete and are found guilty, they will be transferred and demoted.

The Sub County chairperson Mr Gorge Mutwalhughuma said the suspects were found with boxes of malaria drugs and strips used in testing malaria and HIV/Aids.

“Theft of drugs has been a major problem at this health facility. We appeal to the district health department to help in fighting this problem”, Mutwalhughuma said.

The councillor representing Bukonzo Sub County in the district council, Mr Joshua Muganzi said that on Monday he made an impromptu visit at 10am and found no health worker at the facility and patients stranded at veranda without any help.

However, the in-charge of the health centre, Mr Godfrey Tinkasimire declined to give a comment about the alleged mess at the facility.

The chairperson management committee of the facility, Mr Ben Mbusa who is the former district health inspector said late coming and absenteeism have also affected service delivery at the facility.

The District Police Commander, Mr Taban Swaibu said the suspects were released on police bond on Tuesday as investigations continue.


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Publish date : 2019-06-27 06:31:46

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