Ugandan doctor arrested over theft of govt drugs, equipment

Ugandan doctor arrested over theft of govt drugs, equipment
Dr Ssenkwale allegedly stole medical equipment from Itojo Hospital

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 says they made an impromptu visit to Family Doctors’ clinic following a tip off by residents. She says they were shocked to find government drugs and government equipment in the clinic including gloves.

According to Nabatanzi, despite his clinic offering caesarean services, the monitoring unit found that none of Ssenkwale’s staff are qualified. It is also alleged that Ssenkwale uses government equipment at Itojo hospital to operate on expectant mothers on a ‘private arrangement.’

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

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.

Ssenkwale’s arrest 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.