Laboratory Attendant, Cleaner Arrested For Issuing Fake HIV Results

Luweero police are holding Muhamood Walubiri and Teopista Nansubuga, a laboratory attendant and cleaner respectively at Penny Clinic for issuing forged HIV/ Aids results to patients.

Lameck Kigozi, the Savannah Regional police spokesperson says the suspects were picked up after they fell in a trap set up by police to prove claims that they were involved in forging HIV results.

He explains that police and Luweero Health department received information that couples especially those preparing for marriage or engagement were visiting the clinic to know their HIV/AIDS Status but some would pay bribes to get results indicating that they are negative yet they are HIV Positive.

Kigozi says that, the sent a person living with HIV Aids who is on treatment to the clinic to persuade the laboratory attendants to sell to him a certificate that he is negative, which they issued after pocketing a bribe of 50,000 shillings.

He says police immediately swung in action and picked up the suspects. Kigozi says the duo face charges of aiding the spread of a disease in breach of section 171 of the penal code act.

Muhamood Walubiri, the laboratory attendant denies issuing the fake HIV results and blames the mess on Teopista Nansubuga

Nansubuga said that she was approached by the man in question who asked her to issue him with a certificate showing that he was negative so as to retain his relationshop. Nansubuga regrets issueing the certificate but denies receiving any money in return.

Mulinde Kagumba, the treasurer of Bukuma Organisation for People Living with HIV/AIDS says he has received over 10 cases of people who are known to be HIV positive but have fake certificates showing they are negative, a thing he says is a setback in fight against spread of the disease.

Joseph Okware, the Luweero District Health Officer and the proprietor of Penny Clinic only identified as Dr Wamala by the police have not yet commented on the issue of the fake HIV results as they couldn’t be reached by the time of filing this story.  Police has also closed the clinic awaiting the owner to show up.

The issue of fake HIV results is not new in the country. Recently, BBC carried a story showing that several private clinics in Kampala were issuing fake HIV results to job seekers and several other people in need of the certificates.

According to UNAIDS and Uganda AIDS commission reports of 2013 Up to 145,000 new infections are recorded each year and 1.3 people are currently living with the virus in the country.

The reports also indicated that Uganda was losing the battle against HIV/AIDS due to the steady raise in infections.

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