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Nurse who altered patient’s HIV positive results jailed for a year

By DAILY MONITOR January 26th, 2017 1 min read

A Ugandan nurse who altered HIV results has been found guilty and sentenced to a 12-month jail term if she fails to pay a Ush2 million (Ksh58,000) fine.

Entebbe Chief Magistrates Court heard that on August 24, 2015, Ms Samali Mukooda, a nurse at JBK Medical Clinic in Kawuku, Wakiso District, carried out an HIV test on one Don Byakatonda who tested positive for HIV.

However, Mr Byakatonda, requested Ms Mukooda to prepare him a medical report showing that he was HIV negative, which he could present to his wife.


The court session that was presided over by Mary Kaitesi, heard that Mr Byakatonda, a former employee of the Aids Research Centre in Kampala, had carried out an HIV test at Ebenezer Clinic Laboratory in Kampala on March 3, 2015 where he found out that he was carrying the virus that causes Aids.

In her defence, however, Ms Mukooda, who admitted to altering the results, claimed Byakatonda pulled out a pistol and threatened to shoot her if she defied his orders.