Kwania District Health Educator, Wife Remanded over Theft of Government Drugs

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The Aduku Grade One Magistrates Court has remanded the Kwania district Health Educator and his wife for alleged theft of government drugs.

Thomas Samfan Omara, who is also a clinical officer attached to Aduku Health Center IV and his wife Hellen Auma, a midwife attached to Morning Side Medicine Clinic in Aduku Town Council, were remanded on Wednesday by Aduku Grade one Magistrate Molly Alice Adong.

Omara and his wife, also a councillor representing workers at Aduku Town Council, are battling five counts of illegal possession of classified drugs, illegal operation of a pharmacy, obstruction of duty, illegal possession of government stores and selling expired drugs.

Court heard that the suspects were found in possession of Malaria drugs and blood rapid tests kits, Intravenous fluids, mama kits and gloves among other supplies inside their house all valued at about 10 million shillings.

Prosecution led by Aduku Grade One Court Prosecutor Francis Olwedo told the court that Omara has been selling expired drugs to the community at his drug shop of Morning Side Medicine Clinic. According to Olwedo, when a team from the National Drug Authority stormed his drug shop, Auma assaulted them and obstructed the officers from conducting their duties.

The suspects denied allegations and were remanded to Kwania government prison up to March 17.

Kwania District Health Officer Dr Moses Ebong says his office has been receiving several complaints regarding the theft of government drugs.

In December last year, two hospital staff attached to Aduku HCIV were arrested for allegedly stealing government drugs. Peter Calle, a potter at the facility and one Lona Akello, a hospital cleaner were arrested by Kwania RDC Salim Komakech after a tip-off from patients.


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