Members of the parliament have tasked government to arrest and prosecute health workers that were exposed selling government issued drugs in NBS Television’s “stealing from the sick” investigative story. Ogwang made the demand as a matter of national importance during the Wednesday, 19 June 2019 plenary sitting chaired by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga. The NBS TV documentary in partnership with the BBC Africa Eye was played in the Parliament for about 10 minutes to give an opportunity to MPs who had not watched it have a sneak peek of it.
Owing to the length of the documentary, Kadaga directed the Clerk to Parliament to avail the entire documentary to all MPs. She further requested Members on the heath committee to make recommendations to the House after they had watched and discussed the subject matter.
Prior, it was aired on NBS TV on Monday, 17 June 2019. It uncovered evidence that the much-needed life-saving medicines were being sold illegally on the black market by health workers.This documentary exposes the rot on how drugs are stolen from government hospitals right from Kampala across the country. These drugs are delivered to hospitals and within a short time, they say the medicine is finished yet the pharmacists sell these drugs despite them having a ‘Not for Sale label’ ” he said.
Ogwang added that the racket is very big and it involves a number of people from the corrupt district health workers to the police. He suggested that all those exposed in the video should be investigated for causing such a loss in hospitals.
However, the opposition whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has clashed with Usuk county MP Peter Ogwang over a documentary exposing Uganda’s health workers in drug theft. Usuk County MP Peter Ogwang raised a matter of national importance saying that the documentary on the theft of drugs which was broadcasted on BBC should not have been circulated on international platforms saying it reflects a bad image of the country.
“Government should follow up and prosecute these people who appeared in this documentary. However, this documentary is now international and these journalists should love their country …they did a good job but should not expose these things internationally”, he said.
Ssemujju said that it is proper to expose players in corruption but advised that journalists should not be used as informers. He said that Ogwang should not condemn journalists for investigating this case and exposing it internationally. “Journalism is to be for public consumption. The moment you steal you should be exposed. If people are stealing, we cannot cover them internally”, he shot back.