Adjumani Cao Interdicts Two Health Workers for Stealing Medicines

BY AMACHA GOLI

ADJUMANI: MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 2021

The Adjumani Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Michael Wanje, has opted for the stick and interdicted two health workers over allegations of stealing drugs and medical supplies.

The interdicted heath workers are Geoffrey Igama, a theater assistant attached to Mungula health center IV in Itirikwa sub-county and Bosco Angualiga, a watchman working at Ajugopi health center II in Dzaipi sub-county.

In his letter dated August 8, 2021, Wanje instructed the two people to immediately handover government property in their possessions to the supervisors and vacates their places of work.

Igama, 37, a resident of Rassia East village in Pachara Sub-County and Bosco Angualiga a resident of Ringa village in Dzaipi Sub-County had already been charged at the Adjumani Grade one magistrate’s court on July 4, 2021 on account of theft of medicines

Prosecution alleged that the accused persons and others still at large at Mungula health center IV and Ajugopi health center II stole anti-malarial drugs valued at sh2m.

The accused persons were also charged with receiving and retaining stolen property and unlawful possession of government stores.

Both pleaded not guilty and court remanded them until July 17, 2021, when they were finally granted bail as the state presses forward with investigations.

Wanje said to ensure that the suspects do not sweep evidence under the carpet, they must stay away from duty.

Theft of drugs, medical equipment and other medical supplies by health workers in Adjumani is on the rise since the beginning of the year and as a result, the cumulative number of health workers who have been interdicted has now reached four.

The in charge laboratory Mungula health center IV, Daniel Opio, also faces interdiction over alleged theft of 20 boxes of covid-19 diagnostic  kits.

He was recently arrested by the police and released on bond as the resident state attorney peruses his file.

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