Uganda: Health workers intercepted over theft of drugs

Ugandan doctors intercepted for drug stealing allegations [Image: courtesy]
Uganda—Mr. David Wamburu, The Chief Administrative Officer of Nebbi District,  has interdicted three health officials for allegations of stealing vital medicines.

It is a move that comes after reports of rampant theft of government drugs in the various health facilities in the region.

The workers interdicted are; Mr. Ronald Odyek, a dispenser at Nebbi General Hospital, Mr. Jerry Ongiera, a nursing assistant at Akworo health facility, and Mr. David Ocan, records assistant at Nyaravur health center.

According to Nebbi, Mr. Odyek was intercepted at a police checkpoint in Madi-Okollo District in August 2021 with essential drugs worth over Shs800 million.

Adding that cases of drugs getting stolen from health facilities by some health workers are affecting health services delivery in the district.

“Much as police are carrying out investigations about the theft of government drugs, I encourage the locals to be always vigilant and report whoever they suspect to be in possession of government drugs,” Mr. Wamburu noted.

The district vice chairperson Mr. Geoffrey Anecho Okello said they got information that Mr. Odyek has been involved in the illegal drug business.

“Health workers are paid better than any other civil servants, I wonder why they keep stealing the government drugs,” he said.