Doctor held over theft of government drugs

Dr. Bedah Ssenkwale, a surgeon at Itojo district hospital is in trouble for alleged theft of government drugs and health equipment.

He was picked up by the State House Health Monitoring Unit team led by Dr. Julian Nabatanzi from his privately owned Family Doctor's Clinic in Ntungamo along Ntungamo-Kabale Road.

Dr. Nabatanzi said they made an impromptu visit to Family Doctors' Clinic on a tip off by residents.

She said they were shocked to find government drugs and government equipment in the clinic.

Dr Nabatanzi ordered for the temporary closure of the clinic as investigations continue.

Dr. Bedah Ssenkwale declined to speak to the media.

Geoffrey Osinya, a detective attached to the State House Health Monitoring Unit, said Dr Ssenkwale will be arraigned in court to answer charges of possession of government stores and embezzlement.

The arrest of Dr. Bedah comes at a time doctors are pushing government to disband the State House Health Monitoring Unit, saying it undermines their profession.

They want cases of professional misconduct referred to their professional bodies for redress.

 

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