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Three Kiboga Hospital Staff Arrested For Selling Gov't Drugs

The Hospital staff were nabbed on Friday evening on the orders of the parliamentary committee on Health Headed by DR Micheal Bukenya during an Impromptu visit at the Health facility to Monitor health service delivery.
Members of the parliamentay committee on Health Engaging Kabaseke 70 from her Hospital Bed at Kiboga Hospital.

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Three medics attached to Kiboga hospital are in trouble for allegedly selling government drugs to patients. The trio was picked up on Friday evening on the orders of the Health Committee of Parliament chaired by Dr. Michael Bukenya during an impromptu visit to Kiboga Hospital to monitor service delivery to patients.

They are Annet Nassali, a Senior Nursing officer, Annet Karaija, the Assistant Senior Nursing officer and Abel Kimenye, a Radiographer at the hospital. According to Dr. Bukenya, during their supervisory tour at Kiboga hospital several patients singled out the trio for selling them government drugs and extortion.

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Daniel Muhairwe, the Buhaguzi County Member of Parliament and member of Health Committee of parliament, says they established that some pharmacy staffs sell medicines to people living with HIV, which prompted their arrest.

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Pentagon Kamusiime, the Butemba County Member of parliament, says what they found at the hospital is alarming.

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A source at Kiboga Police who spoke to Uganda Radio Network on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media, says police have been registering complaints of extortion about the about the arrested staff for selling government drugs.

According to Dr. Bukenya, the Health Committee of Parliamentary is on a country assessment Supervisory and Monitoring tour of public health facilities to ascertain the levels of health service delivery to Ugandans.

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Our reporter was unable to get a comment from police to establish what charges are likely to be brought against the suspects.