Police in Sironko District have arrested a security guard after he was found administering treatment to a patient at a health centre.
The suspect identified as Maliki Kipapawo was arrested on Wednesday after he was found administering a patient with an injection of hepatitis B vaccine.
It is reported that the suspect was allegedly demanding Shs 2,000 from each patient he attended to at the health facility.
The Sironko District Police Commander, Mr Wilfred Bagenda confirmed the arrest and said investigations have launched into the matter.
“The suspect has been arrested and currently detained at the CPS. He will be charged with impersonation after the investigation,” he said.
Mr Bagenda said the arrest was ordered by the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Mr Isaac Lulaba after receiving complaints that the suspect has been routinely attending to patients at the centre in the absence of the health workers.
“The information we have indicate that the suspect has been attending to the patients, especially in the absence of the health workers,” he said.
He said they have arrested another support staff at the health centre to help with the ongoing investigations.
The Sironko RDC, Mr Isaac Lulaba, said the suspect has been attending to patients illegally at the health centre.
“On the day of the arrest, he had attended to two ladies, who had gone to the health facility to get a second dose of Hepatitis B,” he said, adding that patients were wrongly vaccinated.
Mr Lulaba said they have summoned the District Health Officer to record statement about the incident.
“The person in-charge of the Health facility has recorded the statement about the matter and we have summoned the DHO. My office has already started investigating the DHO and other personnel over abuse of office,” he said.
The DHO, Dr Nicolas Wabomba said there was no vaccine at the health facility at the time the incident happened.
“There were no vaccine at the health centre and the health worker on duty refered the said woman to another Health centre,” he said.
He, however, said they got a directive from the ministry of Health to recruit and train people to start vaccinating other people.
“I believe that Askari was trained how to vaccinate,” he said.