GHS condemns staff for stealing Covid-19 vaccines; Institutes an inquiry into the issue

Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye
Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has condemned the criminal act of three staff for allegedly stealing and selling Covid-19 vaccines.

According to the Service in a press statement issued by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye an independent inquiry has been instituted into the matter.

The statement issued says; “The Ghana Health Service has noticed with great concern, a publication in sections of the media alleging that 3 staff of the Service who work in various hospitals in the Greater Acera Region, have been arrested for stealing and selling Covid- 19 vaccines.”

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“The Service condemns such alleged criminal act in no uncertain terms. An administrative inquiry is being instituted and appropriate sanctions shall be applied if they are found culpable. The Service commits to cooperate with the Security agencies to unravel the circumstances leading to this illicit act.”

“As communicated previously, the Service wishes to emphasize, that all Covid-19 Vaccines, are free of charge and as such, all citizens should be vigilant and report anyone who comes to them with a proposal to sell Covid-19 Vaccines.”

“The Service once again assures the general public, that together with all stakeholders, we shall ensure that all persons eligible tor the vaccine get it free of charge.”

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BACKGROUND

Earlier, we published that, some three (3) persons have been arrested for Stealing and selling COVID-19 Vaccines in Ghana.

1. Stephen Dzisenu, a 37-year-old Disease Control Officer of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital is said to have stolen 36 vials of COVIDSHIELD.

2. Cosmos Allotey a 42-year-old Occupational Health and Safety Officer, is said to have received the stolen COVIDSHIELD from Pabitey and Dzisenu.Allotey allegedly administered the vaccines at a cost of GHs 200.00 per a jab.

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3. Joseph Knight a Project Assistant and a former Laboratory Technician at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital is also being held for abetment of crime.

The three suspects have been remanded into custody by an Accra Circuit Court to reappear on April 1.

Lord Pabitey, a Disease Control Officer of the La Bawalashie Polyclinic, now at large, also allegedly stole 26 vials of COVIDSHIELD.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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