A handful of employees from the Ministry of Public Health turned up for work today at the Diamond Drug Bond while two verbally submitted their resignation, according to a statement from the Materials Management Unit (MMU).
According to a source from the MMU, several others have expressed similar notions of resigning, after a number of employees were grilled following the discovery of stolen items from the holding agency which were discovered in the facility’s washroom and a company vehicle which is used to shuttle employees’ back and forth.
A prime suspect was arrested and remains in custody after a reported confession. According to an official from the MMU, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence is currently out of the jurisdiction but is being updated on the developments.
Staff at the Public Health facility remains under the microscope since January of this year when there was a major cabinet shakeup which saw Dr. George Norton who was in charge of the Public Health Ministry transferred to the Ministry of Social Protection and Minister Lawrence was posted at the Health Ministry.
The MMU official said the suspected pilfering of a number of pharmaceuticals, drugs, and medicine was suspected but came to light after a number of items were discovered last Wednesday during a raid by MMU officials.
Based on suspicions that were raised, Public Health Minister Lawrence ordered an investigation which led to the apprehension of the prime suspect which is a plus for the Ministry according to the official.
“Anything that intercepts corrupt practices and allow smooth transaction of business at the country’s largest holding facility will allow for more and continuous presence of medicines and medical supplies in the various regions and various health facilities would be a sign for the health system and the country at large,” the official stated.
The Official said the resignations would not affect the operations of the facility holding center since manpower from other health facilities in the region will be relocated to cushion the loss.