Wednesday September 3 2014

Luweero medical staff held over fake HIV results

By Dan Wandera


Police in Luweero District have arrested two people attached to a private clinic in Luweero Town Council for conspiring with HIV/Aids patients to falsify status certificates in breach of both the medical ethical code and the Penal Code.
Savannah Region Police spokesperson Lameck Kigozi says one of the suspects has pleaded guilty to conspiring with an HIV-positive patient on anti-retroviral drugs to get a status declaration certificate indicating that he is HIV negative.
The certificate was then issued to him after he offered a Shs50,000 bribe to Ms Teopista Nansubuga attached to a clinic located at Kasana Town on Sunday.

The conspiracy
“The police got information that people intending to get married including those who wish to get false HIV status results for selfish ends were using some private clinics in Luweero Town to have the certificates.
“We set a trap using a patient who is HIV positive and on ARV drugs to go to one of the mentioned clinics to have his status results altered after giving a bribe. The trap yielded results after the lady who attended to the patient asked for Shs50,000 to have a false status declaration certificate issued,” Mr Kigozi said.
According to the police, investigations are underway to try and find out how many people could have been issued with such false status declaration certificates and the intentions of people who could have got false declarations.

Charges await
The District CIID Chief at Luweero Central Police Station, Mr Topher Gimei, said the two suspects will be charged for neglect likely to cause infection of diseases.
“We have sent the case files to the resident state attorney who will advise us on the likely charges but the act of falsifying medical results is very dangerous and criminal and in breach of Section 171 of the Penal Code Act”, Mr Gimei said on Monday.