Nyundo Health Center in Rubavu district is accused of misallocating and selling milk reserved for children less than five years suffering from malnutrition.
Kayitesi Epiphanie, a mother form Nyundo sector where the health center is located has told IGIHE that the matter has persisted for long.
“Misallocation of milk for malnourished children has persisted for long at the health center. The matter is publicly known but nothing is done to address it. A person was two days ago caught red handed going to sell the milk from Nyundo health center,” she said.
One of employees working at Nyundo health center revealed on condition of anonymity that the case exists.
“It has been considered a routine to sell milk for malnourished children at Nyundo health center. We tried our best to fix the problem but the health center’s management are negligent leading to persistence of the problem,” he said.
The executive secretary of Nyundo sector, Tuyishime Jean Bosco said they are aware that milk meant to feed children with malnutrition is sold and one of the culprits was caught at the gate smuggling it out of the health center.
“We were informed that milk for children suffering from malnutrition is sold. We later apprehended a woman, one Nyirabizimana getting out the health center with milk she received from the distributor at the health center,” he said.
The mother caught red handed explained she had received the milk to take to a patient. She was caught with a full carton of milk.
Each child is supposed to drink two liters at the health center per week.
The coordinator of the milk distribution program at the health center declined to comment on the issue and the director of the health center was not available by the press time.