Two autoclave machines that were stolen from Adumi health center IV in Arua city have been recovered from an economic hub in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC. A woman only identified as Baker reportedly stole the machines from the facility on Sunday night at around 10:00 pm and sold them to a Congolese national.
However, a team of police detectives recovered the two machines from Ariwara town, an economic hub in the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) Tuesday morning. Arnold Arinaitwe, the Ayivu West Division Police Commander, says that they have so far arrested three suspects in connection to the theft of the medical equipment.
He has cautioned administrators of government health centers to be in charge of their facilities to avoid such incidents happening in the future.
Marlon Avutia, the Ayivu division Mayor has commended the police for the timely intervention to recover the stolen equipment and cautioned the public to be more vigilant since most stolen government properties often find their way to D.R Congo.
An autoclave machine is used to sterilize and kill microorganisms in laboratory instruments, glassware, and medical equipment. The latest incident comes five years after an autoclave machine belonging to Arua Regional Referral Hospital was stolen and later recovered in Nebbi.
Similarly, on March 27th, 2021 an ambulance belonging to Arua Regional Referral Hospital a Toyota Land Cruiser registration number UG 6812M was stolen and allegedly sold in DR Congo. The ambulance is yet to be recovered.
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