Police in Lilongwe have arrested a nurse working at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) for being implicated in a recent drug theft case that saw the arrest of two other medical workers at Mtosa Health Centre in Nkhotakota.
Police have identified the nurse as Virginia Kayoyo Thonyiwa (33) of Nkhakamira village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mabuka in Mulanje district.
Recently, police in Lilongwe first arrested Jimmy Potani and Dalitso Katete for illegally being found with 144 boxes of Azithromycin 500 mg tablets and five boxes of MRDs (Malaria test kits).
They later arrested two medical workers Waliko Kayuni (32) and Malison Kamalira (40) who worked as a nurse and a health surveillance supervisor, respectively, at Mtosa health centre for allegedly having had supplied the drugs.
“We have arrested the suspect, Virginia Kayoyo Thonyiwa who works as a nurse at Kamuzu Central hospital. This is in connection to the case of the 144 boxes of Azithromycin which were found with Jimmy Potani. In our investigations, Potani alleged that he had obtained the drugs from Thonyiwa.
“[Our investigations] revealed that Thonyiwa had stolen the drugs at KCH where she works,” said Constable Margret Selemani, deputy public relations officer for Lilongwe police station.
In a related development, police have arrested Omega Malenga Kumwenda aged, 24 of Njati Village TA Mazengela in Lilongwe for being illegally found with medical supplies, contrary to section 329 of the penal code.
According to Seleman, Police at Kawale the arrest of Kumwenda followed a tip-off alleging the suspect was illegally in possession of medical drugs and surgical items.
He said upon searching her house, the suspect was found with 41 tins of Nalidixic acid, three boxes of syringes containing 100 syringes each, six sacks of mosquito nets and one sack containing medical drugs.
She said police were still investigating to establish the source of the drugs and medical supplies.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :