Two Medical Workers Arrested For Selling Covid-19 Vaccination Cards
By Uganda Online Media
President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Maj Tom Magambo who has been in the Internal Security Organisations(ISO) as the new police Criminal Investigations Director.
“President Museveni has promoted Private Tom Magambo to the rank of Major and appointed him Director Criminal Investigations of the Uganda Police Force,” the acting UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu said in a statement.
Hoima: Two medical workers attached to Butema health center III in Buhanika sub-county, Hoima district are currently detained at Hoima central police station over allegations of selling genuine COVID-19 vaccination cards to non-vaccinated people.
According to reports, police picked up the unnamed suspects on Monday afternoon.
Police allege that the suspects connived with a cleaner at Butema health center identified as Ivan Bigirwa to sell COVID-19 vaccination cards to various people in Hoima city and the district.
Bigirwa was arrested red-handed on Sunday afternoon while selling the cards at Hoima Boma grounds in Hoima city where he was arrested and taken to Hoima central police station where he is locked up.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson, said that police summoned the two health workers to record statements about how the cleaner secured stamped COVID-19 vaccination cards from the health facility without their consent.
According to Hakiza, preliminary police investigations indicate that the health workers connived with the cleaner to sell the cards at between Shs 50,000 and Shs 100,000 each.
Hakiza further noted that they are currently hunting for other staff attached to the same health facility who were summoned to record statements in vain.
According to Hakiza, they are also investigating other staff at Hoima Regional Referral hospital believed to be part of the racket.
Additional Reporting By Observer