By AMACHA GOLI
ADJUMANI: Saturday, August 14, 2021
A total of five staff working at Mungula Health Centre IV in Adjumani district have been charged by the Grade One Magistrates court of stealing medicines.
These are Rashid Iranya, a mortuary attendant, Geoffrey Igama, a theater assistant, Daniel Opio, in-charge Laboratory, Tom Baluku, another theater assistant, and a watchman, Bosco Angualiga.
They were remanded to Openjinji prisons with three counts of theft of drugs, equipment and supplies.
The damning development has triggered the immediate transfer of the health centre in-charge Dr. Emmanuel Aniap, with the local authorities warning that it would be the last time they are transferring people who fail in supervisory duties at a work station.
“I know you want to sabotage our government so that after five years we are voted out of office but I will make sure I destroy you completely and in advance,” John Sabuni, the Adjumani district secretary for social services warned.
The Itirikwa sub-county chairman, Jesus Iranya conceded that the theft racket had badly tarnished the image of health workers in Mungula health center IV, one of the highly visited facilities by patients in the district including by the refugee population.
Iranya said he is afraid that scale of theft of medical drugs, equipment’s and other medical supplies if left unchecked could be extended to the theft of human organs and babies.
In his hand over speech, a disturbed Dr. Aniap conceded that massive theft of drugs by the health facility staff had occurred but he did not divulge further details.
The Adjumani district health officer Dr. Dominic Drametu proposed that, as a lasting solution, the district should recruit an inventory officer to monitor the flow of drugs in all the health facilities.
Mungula health center IV is a high-volume health facility, located in East Adjumani constituency and serves five sub-counties including Pakele town council and a bigger section of the refugees population.