Court grants bail Chinomba: Doctor suspect on drug theft

Chiradzulu magistrates Court has on Tuesday given bail to Chiradzulu District Health Officer Dr. Gift Chinomba after earlier arresting him on suspicion he stole government medical drugs worth K10 million.

Drug pilferage common in public hospitals
Drug pilferage common in public hospitals

The court has slapped him with theft by public servant charge.

Chinomba is accused of approving procurement of medical drugs from Southern region Medical Stores in the months of February and March but the drugs never found its way to the hospital.

Three weeks ago, the police arrested the hospital’s pharmacy technician Isaac Bakali and driver Anderson Msuku in connection with the same K10 million medical drug theft.

Dr Chinomba becomes the first DHO, the most senior health personnel to be arrested in connection with the rampant drug theft.

It was not immediately known whether the government has interdicted him pending the court ruling or not.

His other two alleged accomplices are also on bail.

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gulugunya
gulugunya
6 years ago

Please give the picture of Chinomba Sterns not this dog. Chinomba is the first product from the college constructed by Kamuzu in Blantyre at Ginery Corner to be arrested for theft ground.Very shameful.

Vyantonda
6 years ago

alomwe ndi achawa mutipha

DOBO
DOBO
6 years ago

Kodi akulu amenewa ndi omwe aja adali DHO wa Ku Zomba.Ndipo kumeneko adamangitsaso a Pharmacy kumeko ndipo iye nkupulumukira mkamwa mwa mbuzi Koma azakewo panopa akuseweza. Munthu ochenjeretsta uyu. Muona avuukamo.Mzake wa Ntchaya ameneyi.

dOC WAKALW
dOC WAKALW
6 years ago

Good, time for accountability. If you authorise payment of drugs you should vet that they have been delivered to your health facility. If not report the pharmacist and driver to the police. This is the way to go. And we should do the same with all purchases using government funds. The hospital administrater and account should be next in line, take them to jail too. I do no think by the way the doctor stole by he and his administration team neglected their duties so they need to pay the consequences.

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