By Varstine Nasuuna
Kasese: Two health workers and a security guard at Bukangama health centre III in Bukonzo sub-county, have been arrested for allegedly stealing government drugs at the health facility.
Police in Bundibugyo district are investigating circumstances under which the suspects came into possession of government drugs. The sub-county chairperson George 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.
Joshua Muganzi, the councilor representing Bukonzo sub-county at the district council, said that “On Monday I made an impromptu visit at 10:00Am and found no health worker at the facility yet patients were stranded at veranda without any help.” However, the in-charge of the health centre, Godfrey Tinkasimire declined to give a comment about the alleged mess at the health facility. Ben Mbusa, the chairperson management committee of the health facility, who is the former district health inspector, said that late coming and absenteeism have also affected service delivery. The district police commander, DPC Taban Swaibu said the suspects were released on police bond on Tuesday as investigations continue. The district health officer, Dr Christopher Kiyita said “The suspects have been interdicted and when investigations are complete and found guilty, they will be transferred and or demoted.”