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Nakasongola Health Workers Arrested for Stealing Hepatitis B Vaccines

The health workers attached at Nakasongola Health Center IV where arrested on Thursday by the police and officers from the State House Health Monitoring Unit. They were found in possession of Hepatitis B Vaccines in Luweero town council which they were planning to sell to private clinics.

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Two health workers have been arrested for stealing Hepatitis B Vaccines worth 20 million shillings.

The health workers attached at Nakasongola Health Center IV were arrested on Thursday by the police and officers from the State House Health Monitoring Unit. They were found in possession of Hepatitis B Vaccines in Luweero town council which they were selling to private clinics.

Phoebe Namulindwa the Luweero Resident Commissioner says that the health workers whose identities are withheld were arrested after a tip-off by residents. They are currently being detained at Luweero Central Police Station.

Namulindwa says that the investigations are on-going to arrest other people who were buying the drugs. 

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Dr Jackson Ojera the Director of State House Health Monitoring Unit confirmed the arrest but declined to give details saying it may compromise investigations.

In August last year, Nakasongola district rolled out a free screening and vaccination campaign against the deadly Hepatitis B disease after obtaining vaccines from Ministry of health. The vaccines were distributed to Health Center IVs and III's.

Cases of health workers selling government drugs are rampant in Luweero and Nakasongola districts.

Recently Police and Luweero District Internal Security Office arrested Keefa Sserugga a nursing assistant attached at Bukalasa Health Center III and Hamza Joggo a laboratory assistant attached at Kamira Health Center III for allegedly selling drugs to six private clinics in Luweero town.

They were accused of selling government Anti-malaria drugs and Rapid Diagnostic Test kits.

According to Sauti za Wanaichi National baseline survey on Ugandans' experiences of basic public services released by Twaweza Uganda recently, the second most commonly encountered problem at government health facilities are a lack of medicines or other supplies (29%).

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