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Disgraceful! Pharmacist Olaja’s father not happy with Pharmaceutical body for disowning son

Pharmacist, Ojala Richard, attached to Kiruddu hospital took his own life claiming that he was set up in the NBS-cum BBC ‘Stealing from the Sick’ story. (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA-  Joseph Tulya, a father to Late Richard Olaja 27, a health worker who committed suicide after appearing in the investigative story, entitled ‘Stealing from the Sick is not happy with Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda(PSU).

Mr. Tulya is wondering why PSU is disowning his son that he has never been a pharmacist and part of the team.

He has, therefore, questioned them on circumstances how the Late Olaja was employed in Kiruddu hospital,  government health institution, with no licence.

The pharmacist attached to Kiruddu hospital took his own life leaving a note to his mother to alerting his brother, one Precious, not to trust friends, claiming that he was set up in the NBS-cum BBC ‘Stealing from the Sick’ story.

“I thank you for bringing me to this world. I think I have had enough of it, it’s now my time to leave. Mummy tell my little brother Precious never to get any friend because all the suffering is going through is because of someone I took as a friend who set up journalists to come to me and claim they wanted to buy drugs,” the suicide note reads in part.

An investigative story by veteran journalist Solomon Sserwanja has revealed a number of health workers involved in government drug theft. (PHOTO/File)

Recently, the Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda (PSU) came out and denied that pharmacists in the investigative video entitled “Stealing from the sick” that was aired by NBS TV and BBC were not affiliated to the body.

PSU, therefore, demanded both stations to edit the story.

The pharmaceutical body added that the said pharmacists have never been part of their society saying that NBS and BBC stations aired an inaccurate version of the documentary.

The documentary exposed top medical facilities in the vice of stealing and selling drugs illegally.

In a statement released, the society stated that BBC should remove, re-edit, and re-upload on its various sites and social media pages, within the next 72 hours.

“The persons involved in the theft of medicines were not Pharmacists. It is therefore imperative that the government considers reviewing the handling of medicines within the public sector and places them in hands of pharmacists,” read the statement.

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