BY AMBROSE GAHENE
Five medics have been charged and remanded to prison by Nakawa Magistrates Court for administering water injections to unsuspecting people, claiming it was AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19.
Those remanded include Kaana Majaabu, 24, a nurse attached to Kiswa Health Centre III in Kampala, Vanessa Nassuuna, 23, a nursing student at Kampala International University (KIU), Gloria Katushabe, 24, a midwife and proprietor of G.Marts Medical Centre in Gayaza, Nakiwolo Mubiru Rebecca, 22, a student nurse at Access Health Training Institute and Francis Baguma, 25, a businessman and student at Makerere University.
The court, presided over by Douglas Singiza, accused the five of doing a negligent act likely to spread infection of disease, contrary to Section 171 of the Penal Code Act when they unlawfully and negligently administered purported Covid vaccines to employees of several factories, organisations, and corporate entities.
Court noted that employees for Hariss International Limited, KCL Limited, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Bank, Kitintale branch, Diamond Trust Bank and Makss Packaging Limited were some of those who were injected with water.
In addition, the group was charged with conspiracy to defraud, contrary to section 309 of the Penal Code Act for vaccinating employees of Hariss International Limited with purported Covid-19 vaccines at a fee of Shs8.4m yet Covid-19 vaccine is free of charge.
The state also charged Vanessa Nassuuna, and Nakiwolo Mubiru Rebecca, nursing students at KIU and Access Health Training Institute for unlawful possession of government stores contrary to Section 316 of the Penal Code Act, when without any permission were found with 694 pieces of auto-disable syringes with injections which were property of the government.
The group denied the charges and were remanded to Kitalya prison until August10.