Vaccine Supervisor In 19 Gas Cylinders Theft
Police in Nakasongola are hunting for the district cold chain technician for allegedly stealing 19 gas cylinders meant for supplying energy to refrigerators at government health centres.
Vincent Adyangu allegedly disappeared with gas cylinders worth 2, 280, 000 shillings that were donated under Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization (UNEPI) to ensure supply of energy to refrigerators that keep vaccines at health center IIs and IIIs.
The health centres use gas cylinders as sources of power due to lack of solar energy or thermal electricity. Some of affected health centres include Kikooge, Kisalizi, Lwapanga, Kiwambya, Kamunina health centre II and Nakayonza health centre III among others.
The Nakasongola district Chief Administrative (CAO) Officer Suleiman Kasozi says that he has instructed Police to arrest Adyangu over the missing cylinders.
Kasozi explains that he became even more suspicious after Adyangu abandoned his duty station when information of the disappearance of the cylinders was revealed. Adyangu has not reported for work for a week now and all his known phone numbers are off.
Moses Zziwa, the acting Nakasongola District Health officer, says the theft has left some health centres like Kamunina and Kiwambya health centre II barely able to function because they do not have any gas cylinders. The lack of gas cylinders means their vaccines for immunization programmes are at risk of going bad. Zziwa says that police must arrest Vicent Adyangu to recover the cylinders or else the district will have no option but to dig in its coffers and replace them because UNEPI will not cannot accept this loss.
Nelson Muruli, the district councilor for Lwabyata sub county, says that affected health centres have now suspended immunization services because of failure to store the vaccines.Muruli says that suspension of the service may lead to re-emergence of Polio, Tetanus, Measles among others diseases in the area and pleaded with UNEPI to come to residents rescue.
Muruli also asked CAO Kasozi to get tough on health workers because of increasing cases of theft at health centres. He says that recently residents of Lwabyata Sub County in Nakasongola also arrested in charge of Nakayonza health centre Simeon Wafumbo and handed him to police for stealing health centre property.
The Nakasongola District Police Commander Dick Ayesigomwe claims that police is closing in on Adyangu and once arrested will be charged with abuse of office and causing financial loss to the government.