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Area leaders were particularly disturbed by the theft of the CD4 machine which is used for testing HIV blood samples and determining stages of HIV infection before persons living with HIV are enrolled for Anti-Retroviral therapy.
Mityana hospital where several medical equipment were stolen from. District authorities accuse medics to have schemed the theft

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Medics in Mityana General Referral Hospital are under probe over the theft of medical and laboratory equipment and alleged extortion from patients.

Last week, a number of computers, microscopes and the CD4 Machine deviously went missing from the hospital. The Medical Superintendent of the facility reported that the machines had been stolen.

Area leaders were particularly disturbed by the theft of the CD4 machine which is used for testing HIV blood samples and determining stages of HIV infection before persons living with HIV are enrolled for  Anti-Retroviral therapy.

Led by the district chairperson Joseph Luzige, a team comprising the District Health Officer, Members of parliament, and the Resident District Commissioner has since refused to acknowledge the report by the medical superintendent saying that there is no proof that intruders broke into the facility to access the equipment.

Luzige says the door to the laboratory where the equipment was allegedly stolen from can only be opened using a biometric system and configured to be opened by medics authorized with access.

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Preliminary police investigations indicate that there was no forceful entry into the laboratory; the reason district authorities believe that the theft was an inside job.

Mityana Resident District Commissioner, Captain Yahaya Kakooza, says that a number of questionable transactions have been taking place at the facility in the recent past.

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Three medics with access to the laboratories have since been arrested to aid investigation and a memory chip from the bio-metric system at the door has also been taken to identify the last individual to access the room.

Mityana Woman MP Judith Nabakooba says that equipment was stolen in a similar manner last year and only recovered in the hands of staffs at the facility. She, however, adds that although police recovered them and the court ordered that they should be taken back to the hospital, they have not been returned.

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The Mityana District Health Officer, Dr Fred Lwasampijja says that when equipment was stolen last year, they resolved to installed CCTV cameras in all sensitive areas of the hospital.

Meanwhile, leaders are also probing complaints of the extortion raised by residents.  Captain Kakooza says his office has been receiving a series of complaints by patients alleging extortion, from the entrance to the Doctors.