GHS probes stealing and selling of COVID-19 vaccine

The Ghana Health Service has began administrative inquiry into the stealing and selling of COVID-19 vaccine by some staff of the service.

Stephen Dzisenu, a 37-year-old Disease Control Officer of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital is in the grips of the Greater Accra Police for stealing 36 vials of Covishield.

Cosmos Allotey a 42-year-old Occupational Health and Safety Officer is said to have received the stolen Covishield from Pabitey and Dzisenu. Allotey allegedly administered the vaccines at a cost of GHs 200.00 per jab.

Joseph Knight Gaisie, a Project Assistant and a former Laboratory Technician at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital is also being held for abetment of crime.

The three suspects have been remanded into custody by an Accra Circuit Court to reappear on April 1.

Lord Pabitey, a Disease Control Officer of the La Bawalashie Polyclinic, now at large, also allegedly stole 26 vials of Covishield.

A statement signed by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kumah Aboagye condemned such alleged criminal act in no uncertain terms.

An administrative inquiry is being instituted and appropriate sanctions shall be applied if they are found culpable. The Service commits to cooperate with the security agencies to unravel the circumstances leading to this illicit act,” it added.

The Ghana Health Service reiterated “that all Covid-19 Vaccines, are free of charge and as such, all citizens should be vigilant and report anyone who comes to them with a proposal to sell Covid-19 Vaccines.”

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