From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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In Sierra Leone, Free Health Care Drugs Arrested in Kailahun
By Aruna Turay
Sep 2, 2010, 17:26

Personnel of the Sierra Leone Police attached to the Kailahun Police Division, Eastern Province of Sierra Leone, have intercepted over twenty (20) cartoons of medicines meant for the Free Health Care service allegedly stolen from the district medical store.

In a telephone interview with the Police Support Officer in Kailahun ASP Patrick Songa, he told Awareness Times that the arrest came about after a tip off in the early hours of Wednesday 1st September 2010. He said upon the intelligence report, they conducted a search at a private house located in an area called Kebawana where they found a quantity of over twenty cartoons of assorted drugs which he informed were verified to be part of  supplies of the free health care drugs.

He said several suspects are presently in police custody helping with their investigations.

When contacted, the District Medical Officer (DMO) for Kailahun District Dr. David Bona refused to comment on the issue for fear of jeopardizing ongoing police investigations. He however, hastened to state that he was away on his usual rounds to the various health units and hospitals within the district when the arrests were made. The DMO however, assured of his fullest cooperation with the police in unearthing the details relating to the stolen drugs.

In Freetown, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Mohamed D. Koroma confirmed the arrests, while vehemently condemning the act. He said he has already instructed the police in Kailahun to speedily investigate the matter and charge the suspects to court. He also confirmed that he was reliably informed that the cartoons of drugs impounded had UNICEF logo on them with Not for Sale label clearly written on each of them.


Among the people arrested include the district medical Store Keeper, Johnny Paul Koroma who is also helping the police in their investigations. The Deputy Health Minister has promised to take drastic action against Johnny Paul Koroma if he is found wanting.

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