At least three night security guards of Arua Regional Referral hospital have been arrested over allegations of theft of the hospital Ambulance.
It is alleged the ambulance, a motor vehicle, Land Cruiser registration number UG 6812M went missing from the hospital parking yard on the night of March, 27, 2021.
The case was reported to police on Monday, March 29 at around 11:30am by Johnstone Avaga Norman, 35, a resident of the hospital staff quarters and head of security at Arua Regional Referral hospital.
“Police acted immediately by opening a case file of Stealing Motor vehicle under Arua CRB 305/2021, relevant statements were obtained from the hospital, scene of crime visited and documented, 3 night security guards who were on duty in the fateful nights were arrested to assist police with investigations and their names yet concealed inorder not to jeopardize investigations,” said SP Josephine Angucia, PRO West Nile.
The three suspects are still detained at Arua Central Police Station as inquiries continue so as to get the whereabouts of the hospital Ambulance.
It is said the stolen vehicle is one of the two new ambulances that the Government recently allocated to Arua Regional Referral hospital to assist in dealing with health emergencies including Covid-19 cases.
In November 2020, the Ministry of Health acquired 38 more ambulances in efforts to boost emergency medical services in the country.
The Ministry purchased the vehicles using the funds appropriated by government under the COVID-19 supplementary budget.
The ambulances were later placed at regional call and dispatch centres to enable quick and timely evacuations of patients.
“Members of public are urged to share information widely with police so as to recover the Ambulance since it serves the community in times of emergencies especially in this period of Covid-19,” said SP Josephine Angucia.