Court remands medics over false HIV results case

A Grade one Magistrate Court in Luweero has remanded two medical personnel in relation to a case in which they allegedly conspired with a patient to issue a false HIVAIDs status results.
Luweero Grade one Magistrate, Ms Harriet Namata remanded Ms Teopista Nansubuga and Mr Muhamad Walubiri attached to Penny Clinic, a privately owned clinic in Kasana Town till September 8, when they will appear in the same court for further mention of the case.
This was after state prosecutor, Hanifa Kasana asked for adjournment on grounds that she was not ready to prosecute the suspects, especially after one of the suspects, Ms Nansubuga pleaded guilty while her colleague Mr Walubiri denied the charges.
The two suspects face charges of doing an act likely to spread disease, contrary to section 171 of the penal code Act cap 120.
According to Savanah region Police spokesperson, Mr Lameck Kigozi, the police set a trap to have the suspects arrested after getting information that false results were being issued to couples intending to get married on request which is a criminal act and against the medical ethical code of conduct.
“We set a trap by giving Shs 50,000 to an HIV positive patient on ARV drugs to go to the Clinic and convince the medics to give him an HIV negative status certificate. The Medics asked the patient for a bribe to do the work. We managed to arrest them after issuing the false status certificate”, Mr Kigozi said.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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