Fort Portal Police Recover Stolen Drugs

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Godliva Twinomujuni, the Officer in-charge Criminal Investigations Department at Fort Portal Police Station, says that the drugs were allegedly stolen from the hospital by Moses Bisereko, a mortuary attendant. She explains that Bisereko was taking the drugs to Bwera in Kasese district to be sold.

Police in Fort Portal have recovered an assortment of drugs stolen from Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital.
 
The drugs include 50 doses of adult coartem tablets, 29 boxes of junior coartem tablets, 5 tins of Erythroren tablets, 10 tins of Amoxyline capsules and 5 tins of Metrogyl tablets.
 
Other supplies include 50 boxes of surgical gloves and 20 boxes of IV cannulars.
 
The drugs and supplies worth two million Shillings were recovered on Tuesday evening at Link Bus Park in Fort Portal town.
 
Godliva Twinomujuni, the Officer in-charge Criminal Investigations Department at Fort Portal Police Station, says that the drugs were allegedly stolen from the hospital by Moses Bisereko, a mortuary attendant. She explains that Bisereko was taking the drugs to Bwera in Kasese district to be sold.
 
According to Twinomujuni, plain clothed police officers trailed Bisereko to the bus park. However, when the suspect saw the police officers, he abandoned the drugs at the bus park and fled.
 
Grace Rubaale, the Principal Administrator at Fort Portal Regional Referral hospital, says that the hospital management will investigate how the drugs were stolen. She however doesn't rule out that some health workers at the hospital could be involved in the scam.
 
Last year the hospital set up measures to curb drug theft. As part of the measures, a pharmacy for in-patients was established that will help track the quantity of drugs that have been distributed in the patients' wards.
 
In 2015, the State House Health Monitoring Unit compiled a report saying the theft of drugs is the key reason that has kept health facilities across the country in perennial lack of drugs, notwithstanding the fact that drugs are always supplied.
 
The report implicates health workers for diverting the drugs to private clinics and drug shops, which has retarded the delivery of health services. The report also notes that health workers are either accomplices in the scam or they are often absent from their duty stations when the drugs are stolen.