Covid-19 Vaccines Theft; First Pharmacy Distance Self From Sale Of Covid-19 Vaccine, Demands Police Apology Within 24 Hours.
By Andrew Lwanga Pressug Online News Publication
SUMMARY:FirstPharmacyhasgiven24hoursultimatumtoPolice apologise for dragging it into allegations of theft of Covid-19 Vaccine known as Astra-Zeneca vaccines.
Over the weekend, the Ministry of Health together with the Crime Intelligence of Police seized 600 doses of Astra-Zeneca vaccines from various pharmacies and arrested 10 people in connection to illegal activity.
"The pharmacies include; Victoria pharmacy in Ntinda and First Pharmacy Mulago". According to Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson Luke Owesigire.
Speaking to the eyewitness who requested this website pressug.com to hide his names, said that the raiding took place on Friday afternoon and several doses of the vaccines were recovered from the building next to First Pharmacy Mulago. During the operation the source reviewed that fridges and other items were taken from the facility and scores were arrested.
The managing director first pharmacy, Ahmed Yusufu and Nalubwama Oliver while addressing the media
The Managing Director of First Pharmacy, Ahmed Yusuf during the media engagement, has however refuted all the allegations saying they are baseless and they have CCTV footage showing police officers who came and entered the building right next to their medical facility housing Modern Diagnostic Laboratory and Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union at Mulago.
“We want to set the record straight, that it is not true that police raided First Pharmacy not in Mulago or in any of our branches in Wandegeya. Police didn’t arrest any of my staff or get Covid-19 Astra-Zeneca vaccines because we don’t deal in any of covid-19 vaccines,” Ahmed said.
“When we checked with the police, they said it was a minor error and a misplaced identification. It is wrong for police to get facts wrong because the allegations have cost our reputation. We demand an apology from the police about serious allegations made. We can’t be known for stealing Covid-19 vaccines,” he said.
The company threatened to take legal action against the security organ if it fails to issue an apology in the given time.
However, responding the pharmacy, police spokesperson Fred Enanga said the matter was still under investigation.
"We have search certificates to show 806 vaccines, test tubes, 1000 vaccination cards were recorded. We have suspect but CID and investigations were still on whatever they have connections with these pharmacies or not" Enanga told this website.
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