Health Workers In Trouble Over Theft Of Government Drugs

Two health workers in Usuk health Center 3 in Katakwi district are in trouble for alleged theft of government medicine.

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Geoffrey Amecai, a clinical officer in charge Usuk Health Centre III and an enrolled nurse Esther Aluka were picked up mid last week for alleged theft of unspecified amounts of medicine.

Police up the duo after unspecified amounts of drugs such as Quinine, Ampicilin capsules, panadol and unspecified boxes of Coartem were recovered from Quality Care Clinic in Adacar trading center.

Peter Oduko, the officer in charge of Katakwi police station says they acted on a tip off from concerned residents of Adacar parish, where the suspects have been operating a clinic.

He says that suspects are likely to appear before court on Tuesday to face charges of theft and unlawful possession of government stores. John Olupot, the LC I chairperson says that some of the government supplies such as syringes were found hidden in a mattress.

Simon Peter Ojaman, the Usuk sub county LC V councilor has condemned the involvement of the health center in charge in the theft of drugs saying he should be leading by example.

He says that very many patients go without treatment because of the theft of medicine. Usuk Health Centre 3 was founded by the Catholic mission but works with support from government.

Geoffrey Adakun, the Drug inspector Katakwi says that in addition to the theft of government drugs the duo has been operating a private clinic with authorization.

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