Luweero- The Allied Health Professionals Council (AHPC) has arrested four people with forged registration certificates.
The four were arrested in an operation aimed at weeding out quack health workers from both public and private health units.
The AHPC team backed by police made the arrests on Wednesday afternoon in Luweero Town Council.
Officials said the suspects were operating drug shops without genuine certificates from the council. They will be arraigned in court to answer charges related to forgery, misrepresentation and presentation of false documents, the officials and police said.
Mr Micheal Mubiru Kayizi, the AHPC central region supervisor, said one of the suspetcs was last Wednesday arrested at Sanyu Drug Shop in Luweero Town Council when she presented a forged certificate from the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council (UNMC) as an enrolleded nurse.
“The certificate had a registration number 41101 of 2012 yet the UNMC registration numbers have just hit 17,000. The certificate could be clearly seen by any serious person as a forged document,” Mr Kayizi said.
He pointed out that many drug outlets in the country; both public and private, are manned by unqualified staff who put lives of people in danger.
“The four people we arrested in Luweero town do not have any evidence to show that they went to a medical school,” he said.
One of the other suspects had recently been convicted by the Chief Magistrates Court in Luweero on February 10, after she was found operating a drug shop without qualification.
“It is surprising that Ms Betty Namaganda, who was convicted and fined Shs 1million by court in Luweero on counts of misrepresentation of the medical profession, forgery, operating without genuine documents and operating in a non-suitable premise on February 10 has again been found in possession of some drugs in her shop at Kasana Market zone,’’ Mr Kayizi said.
Many of the drug shops targeted by the AHPC team remained closed last Wednesday, something which the inspection team said was strange. “Our job is not to disorganise their business but we need qualified staff,” Mr Kayizi said.