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Three Held Over Missing CD4 Count Machine

A source at the hospital, says there is suspicion that the trio had a hand in the disappearance of the machine because they have part time jobs in neighboring clinics.
Patients await their test results outside the Jinja regional referral hospital laboratory on Saturday afternoon.
Three laboratory technicians at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital are in trouble in connection to the disappearance of a CD4 count machine for the hospital last night.  The three are in detention at Jinja Central Police Station. 

They are Joseph Kamugisha, Ibrahim Kinyigizi and another whose names have been withheld by police. The machine is said to have vanished when the suspects were on duty.   A source at the hospital, says there is suspicion that the trio had a hand in the disappearance of the machine because they have part time jobs in neighboring clinics.

"There are close to seven private clinics operating around this referral hospital and these suspects are part time employees in these health facilities. We highly suspect that this machine was sold out to one of the clinics," he said.

Adding that, “We are currently doing internal investigations because the laboratory is a restricted area, and a thief cannot bypass all the security checks and runoff with this machine unnoticed however, police is barking us up to interrogate all the health workers and patients who accessed the laboratory premises yesterday night,".   

Another laboratory technician told URN on condition of anonymity that missing CD4 machine has been a preserve of a few. "All along we have not been having this CD4 machine and it was only acquired in September this year. A few of our colleagues were trained to use it and rest of us didn't even have the fingerprints to access its' storage area," he said.

The Jinja District Police Commander, Vincent Irama confirmed the arrest of the suspects but refused to divulge details. "It is true that we arrested three laboratory technicians over a stolen CD4 machine. We have tentatively charged them with theft. 

However, investigations are still ongoing and we are fighting hard to recover the machine," he said.   A CD4 machine is used to measure the quantity of white blood cells, which help to find germs, bacteria and viruses in the human body. 

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