Angella Abadia, a cleaner at Moroto Referral Hospital, was on Saturday arrested with drugs worth 10 million shillings hidden in her house located in Kakoliye village, Moroto Municipality in Moroto district.
The drugs included antibiotics, ointments and assorted tablets among others. Also found in the two heavy packages were non drug items like rolls of cotton wool, canola’s and syringes.
However, Abadia has denied knowledge of the drugs saying she does not know how the various items landed into her house.
According to the police, the drugs were recovered after a tip from an internal security officer after Abadia had plans to travel to sell the items.
John Omwony, the in-charge crime desk at Moroto central police station, confirms the detention of the suspect saying the drugs were allegedly stolen from Moroto Referral Hospital. He explains that after learning about the deal, they swung into action and recovered the drugs.
He notes that all the drugs and non drug items were all labeled ‘Not for sale-Property of the government of Uganda’. He says investigation into the scam is yielding fruits and soon a racket will be unearthed. He asks the public with information that could lead to more recoveries to secretly share it with police.
Irene Aceng, the Karamoja Police spokesperson says the hospital authorities will be summoned to record statements. He adds that so far the suspect has provided some useful information that could lead to arrest of several staff.
Mark Aol Musooka, the District Chairman Moroto, condemns the theft of items belonging to the disadvantaged communities in Karamoja. He adds that such people should have their services terminated from the hospital. He appeals to the investigating officers to speed up with their findings.
Efforts to talk Dr. Alex Andema, the Moroto Referral Hospital Director were futile as his known numbers were off air.