Govt. happy with anti-drug pilfering squad operations

Drug Theft Ring
Drug Theft Ring

Government has vowed to wipe out irresponsible health workers who were in the habit of pilfering drugs from health institutions for personal selfish gains.
Deputy Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said he was pleased with the rate at which the fight against drug pilfering by health workers from public health centres was moving.

Dr. Chilufya said the random operations conducted by the task force instituted to curb the trend were making headways as seen from the current seizure of drugs and arrests of culprits.

He said the surveillance system and branding policy were stringent measures that government was using to ensure that the public sector drugs reach the intended destinations.

The Deputy Minister said internal controls and supply chains in health centres across the country were being strengthened and monitored in order to promote access to medical care and improve health service delivery.

A Pharmacist, identified as Joseph Mulalika of Mwinulunga districts, was recently arrested for allegedly being in possession of a drug contraband believed to have been stolen from a public health institution.

Mr. Mulalika, who was allegedly taking the drugs to a Congolese medical doctor in the Democratic Republic of Congo, will appear in court soon.