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Theater Assistant in Agago District Held over Theft of Drugs, Medical Supplies

Opio was arrested on Tuesday in Kalongo Town Council after being found in possession of surgical hand gloves, 20 ml iodine, surgical scissors, syringes, and a hospital bed among others at his home.
Surgeons perform surgery on a patient at St Mary's Hospital Lacor Theater in 2017.
The Police in Kalongo Town Council in Agago district have arrested a 35-year-old health worker over alleged theft of drugs and medical supplies from Dr Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital Kalongo.

The suspect is Simon Peter Opio, a theatre Assistant at the Health Facility’s theatre.

Opio was arrested on Tuesday in Kalongo Town Council after being found in possession of surgical hand gloves, 20 ml iodine, surgical blades, syringes, hydrogen peroxide 10mls, and a hospital metallic bed among other items at his home.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police spokesperson says the suspect is being detained at Kalongo Police station pending an investigation into the alleged crimes reported by the Hospital management.

A source at the hospital who didn’t want to be named since she doesn’t speak on behalf of the hospital, says that the Hospital management mounted an impromptu search at the suspect’s home after a tip-off.

She notes that hospital management has recently been faced with a shortage of medical supplies and drugs and suspected Opio to be among some of the health workers promoting theft of drugs and medical supplies.

James Owili, the Officer in Charge of Kalongo Police Station that the items recovered were picked from the hospital theatre in 2019 by the suspect.

Owili says the suspect disclosed to police investigators that he had used the medical supplies and drugs to remove family planning implant fitted on her wife after she complained of its effect.

According to Owili, the suspect further stated that the hospital bed found in his possession was given by the hospital management while he was still staying at the staffs’ quarters but shifted outside with it to a bigger room.

Efforts to get comments from Dr Godfrey Smart, the Chief Executive Officer Dr Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital Kalongo were futile as his known phone number wasn’t available.

Opio has been charged with theft and the case registered under reference CRB 98/2021 at Kalongo Police station. 

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