Members Of Parliament have tasked government to arrest and prosecute health workers that were exposed selling government issued drugs in NBS Television’s “Stealing from the Sick” investigative story.
Members of Parliament in Wednesday’s plenary sitting that was chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga watched at least 10 minutes of the story to give a sneak peek of the MPs who had not watched it yet.
Kadaga directed the Clerk of Parliament to avail the full story to all MPs before requesting Members if the Parliamentary Health Committee to make recommendations to the House after watching it.
Commissioner of Parliament Peter Ogwang demands that all the health workers exposed should be arrested and prosecuted saying that this is a matter of national importance.
“This documentary exposes the rot in how drugs are stolen from government hospitals right from Kampala across the country. These drugs are delivered to hospitals and within a short time, they say the medicine is finished yet the pharmacists sell the drugs despite them having a ‘Not for Sale label'” Ogwang said.
He said that the racket is very big and it involves a number of people from the corrupt district health workers to the police.
Kira Municipality legislator Semujju Nganda agreed that health workers that were exposed in the story should be brought to book.
Titled “Stealing from the sick”, the 53 minute story shows the plight if patients at the hands of government officials who sell drugs of government officials who sell drugs meant to be given out for free to Ugandan citizens which leaves them suffering.
This was the first time in the history of the Ugandan parliament that a news story was screened on the floor of Parliament before being debated about by legislators.
Stories have been screened in the past by committees of Parliament but none had managed to make it on the floor of Parliament.
The investigative story was a partnership between BBC Africa’s Africa Eye and Next Media Services, the holding brand of NBS, Sanyuka TV, Nxt Radio and Nile Post.