The Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine has interdicted Mulago hospital Executive Director, Dr. Byaruhanga Baterana with immediate effect shortly after his releases over embezzlement related charges.
Baterana was on Tuesday arrested together with six other officials from Mulago by the State House Health Monitoring Unit to aid in the ongoing investigation into shs28.8 billion allegedly spent by the national referral hospital but unaccounted for.
However, in a March, 2, 2022 letter, Dr.Atwine informed Baterana that owing to the ongoing investigations into abuse of office, embezzlement, causing financial loss and fraudulent false accounting, it is prudent he steps aside.
“Pursuant to section F-s and F-r of the Public Service Standing Orders 2021, you are hereby interdicted for duty to pave way for investigations and you will receive half pay with immediate effect until the charges against you have been cleared,” Dr.Atwine says in the letter.
Accordingly, Dr.Baterana has been asked to hand over office to his deputy, Dr.Rosemary Byanyima but also to keep away from Mulago hospital until advised otherwise.
The embattled Mulago hospital Executive Director has also been blocked from leaving the country without written permission.
The development comes a few hours after Baterana who had been detained at Jinja Road Police station was released on police bond but his passport was confiscated.
He explained that in November 2016, Mulago contracted two companies including MS Setramaco International Limited and MS Convention World Limited to provide a number of services including running the laundry machines, central sterile supply department and steam boilers among others.
The State House Health Monitoring Unit also explained that investigations unearthed suspicious procurement processes of medicines and other medical supplies done by private health facilities.
“The investigating team also conducted verification of supplies allegedly procured from First Pharmacy by the hospital.
The verifications were prompted upon establishing from IFMS payment statements obtained from the Accountant General indicating that during the period under investigation, Mulago had paid First Pharmacy a total of shs1.4 billion as payments for medicines procured and supplied under emergency orders presumably after running out of National Medical Stores supplied stocks, ”Dr.Namara said.