Arua. The district chairman, Wadri Sam Nyakua, has said the ministry of Health should intervene and investigate the alleged misuse of funds and drugs at Arua Regional Referral hospital.
Nyakua said during consecration of Bishop of Madi and West Nile diocese, Rt Rev Collins Andaku on Sunday at Mvara Cathedral, that: “Mr Prime Minister, there a dangerous problem in the referral hospital. There is an organized and well rooted corruption ranging from theft of money, drugs, equipment and negligence. And Kampala seems to be comfortable with them.”
The LC5 Chairman, Wadri Sam Nyakua speaking to Rugunda and Moses Ali. Photo by Felix
He said the hospital board that was supposed to be a watch dog has been compromised. “I want to bring this to your (Prime Minister Dr Rugunda) though I have already written to the Minister of Health. Our people are suffering in the hands of technocrats. So you take note and do the needful,” he said amidst cheers from the congregation.
Two weeks ago, the Board Chairman, Mr Gasper Ezaruku and Ms Eunice Munduru, also a board member, forwarded a report IGG to investigate alleged missing of 253 million, 175 kva generator that was to serve as backup at the hospital.
As a result of the alleged misuse of funds and alleged theft of hospital equipment, a committee was set up whose findings were that there was flouting of procurement procedures and continued theft of drugs and supplies.
A Nurse working on a patient at Arua Regional Referral hospital. Photo by Aluma Aribo
The in-patients are asked to buy gloves and in the maternity ward and those in outpatient departments are asked to buy drugs like Panadol and anti-malarial from private clinics.
But the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, in response said: “The concern of the LC5 will be taken by government to investigate as quickly as possible. If there are significant problems, it would be addressed.”
The Hospital Director, Dr Bernard Odu, said earlier that: “I can’t say anything about what the board has done. It is within their powers; maybe an external investigator will be objective and fair. We shall wait for the IGG to come and we shall cooperate.”
Dr Bernard Odu, the hospital Director. Photo by Felix
The Board Chairman, Mr Gasper Ezaruku, said a suitable independent team should be instituted to investigate the claims in order to save the hospital. “It is true we also found flouting of procurement procedures and loss of money that were spent without our knowledge,”