Moroto district health officer, Dr Abubaker Lubega, may be in trouble after the Hepatitis B vaccines worth 900 million shillings expired in the stores.
The expiry of drugs has caused a rift between Dr Lubega, the district leadership and members of staff in the district health department.
Information obtained by URN indicates that 18,000 doses of Hepatitis B vaccines were exposed to high temperatures leading to their expiry.
Peter Amei, who’s in charge of disease surveillance in the district on Wednesday openly blamed Dr Lubega for reportedly ignoring the advice given by the cold chain manager on the storage of drugs. Amei said the cold chain manager requested for money several times to improvise alternative power source for the vaccines in case of electricity shortage but it was turned down.
But Dr Lubega in an interview with URN blames his staff for negligence and breakdown of the cool chain system. He says the expiry of vaccines in stores was a deliberate move by the cold chain manager in order to cause him problems. He explains that the power equipment was vandalised by some of the staff that he declined to name.
Peter Ken Lochap, the RDC Moroto says he asked police to investigate the matter and and have the responsible officers brought to book. He notes that the negligence by officers has not only affected the community but also government which has incurred a great loss.
Karamoja region has the highest prevalence rate of Hepatitis B at 23 percent in the entire country followed by Lango and Acholi with 19 percent according to statistics from the Ministry of Health.
Whereas a good number of people have been vaccinated against Hepatitis B, thousands others are yet to complete their doses.