Police in Luapula province have uncovered a scam in which some unscrupulous persons are excavating medical supplies and accessories buried by the Provincial Health Office at Mansa’s Mantumbusa Dumping Site.
The Police command in the province has since cautioned the public from sourcing and seeking medical treatment from unrecognized health centres and drug outlets following the discovery.
Luapula Province Police Commanding Officer, Auxensio Mbewe, said unknown people were excavating expired medicines and gadgets that had been disposed off at the site by the provincial health office.
Mr. Mbewe said Police were yet to determine the extent of pilferage to the disposal drums containing expired drugs, which were buried sometime last month.
He said the development was a threat to the good health of unsuspecting members of the public seeking medical attention from Quack professionals and unrecognized drug stores.
Mr. Mbewe said Police was still investigating the matter to ensure culprits are brought to book.
He said Police had since mounted patrols around the dumping site while a request has been made to the Provincial Health Office to find an alternative channel of disposing off drugs.
Most Mansa residents talked to condemned the health authorities over the method of disposing off expired drugs and other disused medical supplies.
When contacted Mansa Town Clerk, Bwanga Kapumpa, said though the ‘Dumping site’ was a legal disposal place, it was the preserve of the provincial health officer to use burying as a channel of disposing off the drugs.
A check by ZANIS at the site revealed a variety of sealed medical drugs such as painkillers, antibiotics, ARVs, syringes and other medical gadgets scattered all over he dumping site.