PAC Summons Fort Portal Hospital Boss Over Expired Drugs

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Fort Portal Referral Hospital director, Dr. Kyebambe Kaliisa, will tomorrow face Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) over accusations of exposing patients to expired drugs. In the 2012/2013 Auditor General’s report, it was highlighted that the hospital management didn’t dispose of expired drugs and keeps them in their record.

Fort Portal Referral Hospital director, Dr. Kyebambe Kaliisa, will tomorrow face Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) over accusations of exposing patients to expired drugs.
 
In the 2012/2013 Auditor General’s report, it was highlighted that the hospital management didn’t dispose of expired drugs and keeps them in their record.
 
Although the hospital has to report to the National Medical Stores (NMS) in case of drugs expiry, the Fort Portal hospital administration didn’t have evidence of doing so. The hospital initially stated that the expired drugs are confined in a secure place different from the other drugs however; they couldn’t prove that there is no linkage.
 
In the report, the Auditor General advised the hospital to liaise with other stakeholders like NMS to ensure that the expired drugs are promptly disposed of.
 
MPs are to quiz the Hospital administration over 267 million shillings which was not budgeted by the entity. The Auditor General faulted the hospital bosses for spending outside the budget on allowances, Welfare & Entertainment, Property Expenses, Electricity and General Supply of Goods.
 
Described as one of dangerous entities by the Auditors because of poor book keeping, Fort Portal Hospital failed to account for another 173 million shillings reportedly spent on procurement.
 
Dr Kaliisa explained that the previous Procurement Officer had not handed over the keys that would enable them access the documents.
 
It was noted that although the Fixed Asset Register for the Referral Hospital exist, details such location, condition, date of purchase and valuation of some assets were not shown in the register.
 
When URN contacted Dr Kaliisa on phone, he declined to comment on the matter before turning off the call.