The Agago District Chief Administrative Officer Stephen Oloya Gunya says that the affected staff are currently being investigated in connection to the alleged negligence of duty that led to the theft of essential government drugs from their respective health facilities.
The facility was closed in June following an eviction order issued by the court that directed the health unit to evacuate its initial location following a longstanding land dispute with one of its neighbours.
Agago District Probation Office records show that the people who visited different health centres to access antenatal services during the last year included 1,339 adolescent girls aged between 12 and 19. Another 633 cases were registered between April and September 2021, most of them in the Sub Counties of Adilang and Omot.
Agago District Chairperson Leonard Ojok Opio says that they are working around the clock and engaging the Public Service Commission for an increment in the wage bill to allow them to recruit more staff. He says currently the district has a shortage of close to 500 teachers while the health sector alone requires about 100 staff considering that some health facilities will be elevated from Health Center II to Health Center III.
Alexander Okidi, the LCV Councilor Lira Kato Sub County says that the closure of the facility situation has left patients to seek services from Adilang Health Centre in Adilang Sub County and Dr Amrozolli Hospital in Kalongo Town Council which are both more than 20 kilometres far away.
Charles Alexander Okidi, the Lira Kato Sub County Councilor, says that the dispute dates back to 2015 when Acen dragged Agago district local government to court claiming that her paternal uncle donated the land for the construction of the health center with the consent of her family.
The Officer-in-charge of Patongo Police station, Yunus Sebirumbi told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the management of the market failed to adhere to directives issued by the President and the Health Ministry.
Among the drugs and medical supplies that have reportedly gone missing include from the store are 100 HIV test Kits. Ten tins of Amoxyl capsule, three tins of Flagyl, and 81 boxes of facemasks. Others are 41 Malaria RTD kits, 32 boxes of Artemeter 20mg and Lumetuntrin 120mg.
Johnson Omona, a porter at Kaket Health Center II in Lapono Sub-county died on Sunday afternoon while being referred to Dr Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital Kalongo in Kalongo Town Council.
He reportedly consumed the potent liquid on Saturday with Louis Odonga 53, a watchman at the same health facility.
Jacob Amooti, the Acting Resident District Commissioner also chairperson district covid-19 taskforce revealed on Thursday that the decision is in line with the presidential directives on curbing the spread of covid-19.