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Uganda’s AIDS Machine Stolen from Soroti Hospital

Police has arrested one person in connection to the theft of a CD4 machine and microscope at Asuret health center IV in Soroti district.

Technicians operate a CD4 machine.

The new CD4 machine donated recently by Baylor Uganda has been serving more than 500 patients living positively with HIV AIDS in and around Soroti district.

A police officer attached at Asuret police post who wished not to be identified, identified the suspect as George William Ocan from Olebun village, Asuret Sub County.

He said the machines are feared to have disappeared on Sunday night, adding that they have also interrogated Richard Malinga the health unit in charge.

Malinga, health in charge Asuret health center IV said they were still waiting for police from Soroti CPS to reach the scene of crime with sniffer dog to try to locate other suspects.

John Kelvin Elenyu, LC3 Asuret sub county said the incident is regrettable, saying between the place crime and Asuret police post is hardily 40 meters.

He added that the CD4 machine has been serving more than 500 HIV Aids patients monthly, while the microscope has monthly been serving more than 8,000 patients who come for Malaria treatment.

A doctor displays a CD4 machine.

Elenyu revealed that the thieves who stole the machine broke, the window of the main block at health unit to find themselves inside before, breaking the cabinet where the CD4 machine and microscope had been kept.

By Robert Muriisa.

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