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INTERDICTED MASINDI DHO ON SPOT OVER MISSING HOSPITAL MATTRESSES

By Innocent Atuganyira

MASINDI: Emmy Ngabirano the resident district commission Masindi has threatened to open a fresh case against Patrick Baguma the interdicted acting district health officer Masindi over missing mattresses of different health centres.

In early 2020, the former district health officer Patrick Baguma picked mattresses from different health centres in the district which were supposed to be used in the quarantine centres including the Masindi district general hospital, Masindi Public Primary School, and Kabalega secondary school.

It’s alleged that the mattresses that were picked from the different health centres including Bwijanga Health Centre IV did not reach their destination.

Emmy Ngabirano the resident district commission Masindi explains that he was told by the administrator of Bwijanga health centre IV that eight mattresses were picked from the health centre by the driver who claimed to have been sent by the interdicted acting district health officer Patrick Baguma.

According to Ngabirano, the said mattresses were not either delivered to Masindi district general hospital or the coronavirus isolation centres that were earmarked.

The presidential representative asserted that currently some beds at Bwijanga Health Centre IV don’t have matresses thus forcing medics to refer patients to Masindi district general hospital hence limping service delivery in the area.

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Ngabirano has tasked the interdicted acting district health officer Patrick Baguma to either return the mattresses or he will open a fresh case against him and the driver who went and picked the government mattresses.

Ngabirano further asserted that he is going to follow up the case and has directed the district police commander to make a follow up on the matter.

When contacted, Patrick Baguma the former acting district health officer Masindi admitted that the driver picked the mattresses from different health centres such as Bwijanga Health Centre IV, Kimengo, Ikoba, Pakanyi, Kyatiri and Nyantonzi and they were delivered to Masindi district general hospital and other isolation centers including Masindi Public School and Kabalega Secondary School.

”The driver didn’t pick the mattresses for his personal interest but to be used by the above-mentioned isolation centres which were put in place to treat the corona virus victims,” he contended.

Baguma asked the resident district commissioner to check in all hospital stores since the mattresses were handed over to Masindi district general hospital.

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