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Three Arrested Over Theft of Drugs in Kassanda

Those arrested are Lawrence Ddumba, a drug store Keeper at Bukuya Health Centre IV, Betinah Nalukwago and Gideon Muwanguzi who are employees at the private Clinic where the medical supplies were recovered from. Their arrest followed a case reported by Jimmy Mugenyi, the Chairperson of the Bukuya Management Committee.
Kassanda RDC Ms Pheobe Namulindwa showing some of the recovered medical supplies at her office
Three people have been arrested for allegedly stealing drugs from Bukuya Health Centre in Kassanda District. Those arrested are Lawrence Ddumba, a drug store Keeper at Bukuya Health Centre IV, Betinah Nalukwago and Gideon Muwanguzi who are employees at the private Clinic where the alleged stolen medical supplies were recovered from.

The three suspects are currently detained at Bukuya Police Station pending investigations into the theft of government drugs.  Their arrest followed a case reported by Jimmy Mugenyi, the Chairperson of the Bukuya Management Committee.

It is alleged that while at Bukuya Health Centre III, Mugenyi witnessed Ddumba, a drug store Keeper at the Health Center loading the drugs on a motorcycle.  

The Police in Bukuya said that they recovered medical supplies including HIV testing Kits which was part of the batch of drugs that were delivered to Bukuya Health Centre IV at the end of last month.

Kassanda Resident District Commissioner, Phoebe Namulindwa said that she was contacted by the management committee of the health facility about the misappropriation of drugs and that she directed that the matter be reported to the Police.

“I also followed up and directed to ensure that an operation is conducted to see to it that people who are stealing government drugs are apprehended. I am glad to announce that they swung into action after the committee chairperson trailed them to where the drugs had been taken,” said Namulindwa.

           

According to Namulindwa, the drugs were stolen immediately after they delivered to the facility. She says that the batch numbers were recorded but the drugs were not put into the facility but instead delivered to the private clinic in the same area.

Namulindwa also observed that there is negligence in most health centres because people have been reporting these cases.

“And I promised that we shall work to ensure that people get the services they deserve because all the government employees are paid to deliver a service.” she said. 

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