By SMN Reporter
KAMPALA-SHIFTMEDIA- A somber hanged in balance at Kiswa, Kisugu, Kisenyoi Health Centers, Naguru, and Kiruddu hospitals following the raid at Kawempe Hospital by the State House Anti Corruption Unit on Wednesday.
Scores of staff at these health facilities were in shock and fear after learning that three of their colleagues and cleaners were arrested over theft of government drugs.
For months patients have been complaining of scores of staff at Kawempe Referral Hospital over drugs labeled “NOT FOR SALE”
Our undercover reporters established that following the persistent complaints, the hospital management alerted State House Anti-corruption Unit detectives headed by Col. Edith Nakalema.
The findings were exposed when the team swung into action arresting three nurses and a cleaner.
The nurses it emerged own scores of private clinics where they sale these government drugs.
Col Nakalema said the drugs were discovered hidden in toilets and dressing rooms.
The drugs according to SHACU are estimated to be over shs600m. “The team of detectives and a combined force from Uganda Police will not leave the facility (Kawempe) until it has been fully combed of all suspected stolen drugs,” said Afande Nakalema.
The suspects were identified as Maria Nansasi, Rita Nakiwala, and Agnes Nansubuga.
Earlier this month following a tip-off from residents, police raided Gganda suburb in Nansana Municipality in Wakiso district and recovered stolen drugs worth billions of shillings.
According to police the drugs were suspected to have been shipped in from the National Medical Stores (NMS) in Entebbe.
The drugs were being offloaded from a truck into small vehicles. Suspects arrested in connection to the theft are yet to be prosecuted.
This is not the first time the State House Anti Corruption is arresting medics over theft drugs.
Following the raid at Nansana, close sources revealed to us how irked President Museveni was. He reportedly instructed Col. Nakalema to crack the whip.
The raid on Kawempe yesterday has sent chills on the spine of other medics in Kiswa, Naguru, Kisenyi, and Kiruddu. Our visit to the said centers discovered that most medics were in fear knowing anytime the whip is cracking them.
In July 2019 the team arrested three medical staff at Kawempe and Mulago hospitals for soliciting bribes from patients.
The suspects were Agnes Nakangwa, a nursing officer from Kawempe Hospital, Dickson Talemwa, a doctor attached to the cancer department, and Vincent Sserwanga (radiography) from Mulago National Referral Hospital.