Crime

FOUR HEALTH WORKERS ARRESTED IN KABALE OVER ABUSE OF OFFICE

By our reporter

The State House Health Monitoring Unit has arrested four health workers attached to Kabale Regional referral hospital over misuse of office.

Dr Brian Arinaitwe, the Assistant Director at Health Monitoring Unit and who had led the team told a meeting at the Kabale Mayors garden on Tuesday that they have  been fulfilling their  mandate of monitoring the performance of the government health facilities in Kabale which  started with the lower health facilities before going to Kabale regional referral hospital.

Brian added that the four he declined to name for fear of jeopardizing their investigations were arrested after failing to account for the medicine that the government has been sending and after being accused of harassing patients.

The Acting District Health Officer Dr Alfred Besigensi urged the health workers to faithfully and diligently perform their duties in order to avoid being arrested saying government is not witch- hunting anybody but looking for the wrong doers.

He also condemned the extortion of the public at the hospital mortuary and vowed to work out a strategy that will enable him identify the culprits and force them to refund the money.

Besigensi added they want to eliminate the few health workers engaging in evil acts that are tarnish the name of the referral hospital.

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Gerevasio Mugisha, a Village Health Team member from Mwanjari southern Division Kabale Municipality pinned the workers at the Hospital Mortuary on extorting money from him when he had gone to pick the dead body of his relative.

Mugisha claimed that he was   charged 900,000 shillings by the workers at the mortuary before he was given the body that had stayed at the mortuary for three days.

He wondered how the people who cannot afford the money to buy medicine for their alive relatives can afford to pay for their bodies.

The other VHTs also complained of extortion at the Maternity, Scan, and Dental Department of the hospital.

Annet Naiga, the in charge of the Maternity ward at the referral hospital stressed that mama kits are provided by the government  and are supposed to be  given to  the expectant mothers free of charge.

She however vowed to deal with the staff who will be caught selling the kits and she called upon the public to always report whoever asks for money for mama kit in a government hospital.

 The Deputy Resident District Commissioner Abel Bakunda vowed to deal with any wealth worker who will be implicated in extorting money from the public and he called upon the public to always report such people to the relevant offices.

Sources have it that the arrested Health workers were later released on a police bond.

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