ARUA. A total of eight health practitioners in Arua city were on Monday arrested for illegally operating private clinics and laboratories.
The suspects were also accused of not possessing qualification to work in the clinics they were operating.
As a result, they were netted during an operation carried out by the Health Professionals’ Council of Uganda, a body mandated by the ministry of health to register, license, supervise, control the training and practice of allied health professionals in Uganda.
The eight were either arrested due to lack of operational license, having unqualified personnel or operating illegal laboratories in their clinics.
After the operation, the suspects were all detained at Arua central police station awaiting to be taken to court for prosecution.
Mr Peter Nyamutale, the deputy registrar of the Allied Health Professionals’ Council of Uganda said the illegal operations of such clinics poses risks of harm to members of the public who seek medical services from the clinics.
“The purpose of this operation is to protect the public from harm because medicine is supposed to be administered by those who studied medicine and nursing for a period of years but not just coming from anywhere to open a clinic and on top, the supervisors that we gave the licenses were not the ones in the clinics,” Nyamutale noted.
Mr Nyamutale said there is a regional office in Arua city that caters for registration and licensing of the clinics and the manpower which is being nearer than going to access the services from Kampala.

He warned the public against seeking medical care services from clinics that do not have licenses and qualified nurses.
Nyamutale instead urged people to check operation licenses of the clinics they go to for purposes of trust. He said this is aimed at protecting the public from harm likely to be caused by imposters in the health profession.
The private health facilities where fake personnel were arrested from include; Kings medical clinic at Mvara-dri, Remmy’s Medical clinic at Nsambya and Fortunate Family Care clinic at BAT - Pajulu trading center.
Others are All Saints Drug shop, Alesta Medical Centre and First Line Health Care at Ediofe Trading centre.
Mr Mubiru Michael Kayizi, the inspection and quality assurance manager said the people arrested will soon be presented before courts of law as the operation continues in West Nile.
Mr Phillip Onega, the allied regional health supervisor for the West Nile region said he has been telling proprietors of these clinics to meet the required operation standards by licensing their clinics and ensuring professional manpower, an advice they have been taking for granted.
The team will be covering the West Nile region up to Friday.