By Emmanuel Okwii
Bukedea district has instituted a committee that will investigate drug theft and pilferage from health centres in the district. This was revealed yesterday by the district’s head of Finance, Mr Vincent Obicho.
According to Mr Obicho, there have been several complaints and allegations against the district’s health personnel over their conduct and work integrity, a matter he said needed investigation. He also said that theft of drugs was hindering effective health service delivery.
“We have so far identified Kolir health centre as the worst and our team will be heading their soon. We want clean service delivery,” Obicho said.
He also added that it had come to the notice of the district that some nurses and midwives charged expectant mothers before helping them during delivery.
“They told us that if a woman delivers a boy in some health centres, she is charged shs20,000 and if another delivers a girl; she is charged shs15,000. This is wrong and we condemn it in the strongest terms,” Obicho went on.
However, the district health officer, Mr Michael Igune rubbished the allegations saying that he wouldn’t comment until results of the investigations are released.