Kalungu Receives Medical Supplies, District Leaders Warn Medical Professionals Against Drug Theft

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The government has recently supplied Kalungu District with a substantial quantity of medicine, aiming to boost healthcare supplies and improve service delivery for local residents. The move has been widely welcomed by the community, particularly those who cannot afford private healthcare.

However, district leaders have issued a stern warning to medical professionals, cautioning against diverting or stealing government drugs for personal gain.

The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Kalungu District, Davidson Paddy Kayondo, expressed his gratitude to the government for providing the medication during the official handover ceremony at the district headquarters in Buddu County on May 28, 2024. In an interview with journalists the following day, Kayondo stressed the importance of this service delivery act for the impoverished community, emphasizing that the provision of free treatment would be instrumental in improving healthcare accessibility.

Kayondo wasted no time in addressing the issue of drug theft that has plagued the district. He vowed to launch extensive operations targeting privately owned pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals, aiming to apprehend individuals responsible for selling government-provided drugs intended for public health facilities.

“Patients in Kalungu district will now have access to free drugs, but this comes with a solemn warning. We will not tolerate any medical professionals diverting these medications for personal gain. Once caught, the culprits will face severe consequences,” Kayondo said.

He emphasized the importance of doctors prescribing the right medication to patients, urging them to use the resources responsibly without waste.

Ssalongo Gerald Kiggundu, the Head of the Health Committee in Kalungu District, expressed his gratitude to the government for fulfilling their medication requests promptly. According to Kiggundu, this substantial supply demonstrated the government’s commitment to improving service delivery.

“The people of Kalungu are overjoyed as they will no longer have to worry about the cost of medication. Our government hospitals and health centers will now provide free drugs because the requested medication has been generously provided,” Kiggundu remarked.

Kiggundu concluded by issuing a strong warning to those involved in drug theft. He emphasized that the consequences this time would be severe, asserting the district’s commitment to ensuring the responsible use of government-provided medication.

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