Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okema says preliminary investigation indicates that essential drugs estimated to cost shillings 5 million were stolen from the health Facility.
The police in Agago District have arrested two health workers of
Kuywee Health Center III in Kuywee Sub-county over alleged theft of essential
drugs. The suspects are Alice Akidi, the
Health Center in charge and Jane Aguti, a nurse.
Their arrest followed a tip-off by the Sub-county chief Thomas Amone to the
police on Monday.
Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okema confirmed the arrest
of the suspects on Wednesday.
He says a preliminary investigation indicates that essential drugs estimated to
cost 5 Million Shillings were stolen from the health facility.
Okema applauded the public and the Sub-county chairperson of Kuywee for
alerting the police over the alleged theft of the drugs.
But the acting District Health Officer Hellen Drajea says that the
drugs were stolen by unknown thieves who broke into the health facility. She
notes that the health facility is the fourth in the district that has been
broken into by thieves who made away with drugs worth millions of shillings in
the past months.
Drajea says although the police have picked the health workers for
investigation, the drug thefts are being orchestrated by unknown people.
She says the move is depriving the community members of essential
drugs amid an already drug shortage.
The suspects are being held at Kalongo Police Station.
A case of theft of drugs has been registered at the police station under
This is the second time in one month that health workers in lower health
facilities in the district have been arrested over alleged drug theft.
Early this month, the in-charge of Geregere Health Center II along
with the in-charge of drug stores and the watchman was arrested over alleged
theft of government drugs.
The stolen drugs included 100 HIV test Kits. Ten tins of Amoxil
capsule, three tins of Flagyl, and 81 boxes of facemasks. Others are 41 Malaria
RTD kits, 32 boxes of Artemeter 20mg and Lumetuntrin 120mg.
Bureau Chief, West Acholi