Hospital Boss Arrested for Selling Government Drugs in Kaberamaido

A pair of handcuffs on a suspect.

Summary:

  • Jonathan Ekou, head of Kaburepoli Health Centre II, was arrested for allegedly selling government-supplied antimalarial drugs and malaria test kits. Police recovered nine boxes of drugs and 29 boxes of test kits. The incident highlights ongoing issues of theft at the facility and has drawn condemnation from local officials.

Police have detained Jonathan Ekou, the head of Kaburepoli Health Centre II in Kaberamaido District, for allegedly selling government-supplied drugs. Ekou was arrested on Thursday in Soroti City after authorities discovered nine boxes of antimalarial drugs and 29 boxes of malaria test kits in his possession.

Acting Police Spokesperson for East Kyoga, Mr. Edison Obukulem, confirmed the arrest. “We received intelligence about a man in Soroti City’s Pamba Ward attempting to sell government drugs on the black market. Upon investigation, we arrested Mr. Ekou for further questioning,” Obukulem stated.

An anonymous source from the health facility revealed that the center has experienced frequent drug thefts over the past three years without any arrests. This incident highlights ongoing issues of security and accountability within the facility.

Mr. Victor Ekesu, the LC V Chairperson of Kaberamaido District, expressed his dismay over the situation, calling it an act of corruption that undermines public health and trust. “As a parent, I feel deeply saddened. This not only causes drug shortages but also sets a terrible example for other health workers,” Ekesu said.

Ekesu urged health workers and public officials to adhere to ethical standards and conduct, emphasizing the importance of maintaining their professional reputation and integrity.

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