Governor puts medics stealing drugs on notice, warns of prosecution

Mr Rasanga said that the county government was losing a lot of money in drugs being pilfered from the hospitals.

Sunday February 28 2016

Siaya County Governor Cornel Rasanga who has warned health workers involved in a drug theft syndicate in the county will be sacked and prosecuted. PHOTO | TOM OTIENO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Siaya County Governor Cornel Rasanga who has warned health workers involved in a drug theft syndicate in the county will be sacked and prosecuted. PHOTO | TOM OTIENO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By NELCON ODHIAMBO
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Siaya governor Cornel Rasanga has said health workers involved in a drug theft syndicate in the county will be sacked and prosecuted.

He said cases of the officials stealing drugs from the public hospitals and selling them to patients will not be taken lightly.

Mr Rasanga said that the county government was losing a lot of money in drugs being pilfered from the hospitals.

“As a county we will weed out all the medical staff found guilty of stealing drugs meant for patients without compromise,” Mr Rasanga warned.

The governor at the same time asked local politicians not to interfere with investigations into the matter by lobbying for the reinstatement of the affected medics who will be found guilty of the offence.

Mr Rasanga was speaking at the Siaya county referral hospital during an inspection of the ongoing refurbishment of the facility.

The refurbishment will cost the county Sh119 million and is expected to be complete by July this year.

He said that the hospital will have a maternity unit, more wards, stocked laboratories and a cancer screening unit.

“The construction works are 39 per cent complete. We hope the new facility will provide quality health services to Siaya residents,” Governor Rasanga said.

Siaya county also got a major boost in equipment worth Sh98 million donated by the US.

The equipment included therapeutic beds, examination beds, wheel chairs, physiotherapy machines, medicines, and resuscitators.