Ndugulile orders arrest of two Rungwe district hospital officials

17Jan 2020
The Guardian
Ndugulile orders arrest of two Rungwe district hospital officials

DEPUTY Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Faustine Ndugulile has directed police in Mbeya region to arrest two officials of the Rungwe district hospital for alleged theft of medicines and poor preservation of drugs.

The accused officials include the hospital’s procurement officer, Vumilia Mwaijande and pharmacist Eliah Kandonga. The two are said to give medicines to patients without keeping records hence being suspected to attempt stealing some of the drugs.

He made an impromptu visit at the hospital after being tipped off that there are some dishonest workers attempting to steal drugs.

While in the drugs preservation room, Dr Ndungulile realised that the pharmacist had lied in his report by indicating the hospital only had 30 types of medicines while in reality there were 50 types of drugs stored in the room.

Responding, the hospitals’ procurement officer, Mwaijande said there were problems in keeping records, insisting the 20 types of medicines that were not indicated in the list were to be taken to patients on the same day.

“The Regional Medical Officer, Dr Salumu Manyata should form a committee that will investigate how systems work at the hospital especially when receiving medicines from Medical Stores Department (MSD) and discharging them to patients. We need to have at least a one year records to be sure that government drugs are safe here,” he noted.

Dr Manyata was also directed to replace the hospitals’ Senior Medical Officer, Dr Manase Ngogo over failure to supervise hospital’s operations.

“You must replace Dr Ngogo to improve the hospital’s performance and ensure provision of quality services to residents,” said the Deputy Minister.

Rungwe District Administrative Secretary, Mnkondo Bendera said the district’s safety and security committee will investigate and take measures against hospital official alleged of negligence or being engaged in unlawful acts.

Earlier during his tour at the hospital, Dr Ndungulile met with Mbeya Regional Commissioner, Albert Chalamila who complained that some dishonest workers have been stealing medicines, causing unrealistic shortage at health facilities in the region.

Chalamila mentioned Rungwe as the leading district in theft of medicines urging the Deputy Minister to visit the hospital.