By UG Reports

SOROTI: The Staff at Princess Diana Health Centre IV in Soroti City are currently being accused by patients and attendants for allegedly extorting money from them (patients), according to TMC.

The staff according to intelligence information received by our team indicate that, they have been charging patients Uganda shillings 3,000 to 5,000 to access a manila file that is supposed to be sold at 500/=.

The staff is also accused of extorting patients or their attendants’ money for keeping their bicycles or motorcycles shilling 1,000 each person without clear records on how the money is being utilized.

Our intelligence team has since learnt that the money charged for motorcycles and bicycles is not remitted to the health facility accounts but its being shared amongst staff.

We also established that the staff at Princess Diana always asks expectant mothers to provide them with liquid shops and jik for them to get attended.

The staff at the facility is also in trouble for perpetual absenteeism and abuse of office as some health workers are being accused of being rude to their clients.

Like on Friday, there was no presence of the staff at the facility from 08:00AM to 01:00 PM and no patients were attended.

We have since established that one Dr. Ojur who was supposed to lead the team on Friday but was absent without consent of his supervisor Dr. Alfred Anyonga who also arrived at the facility late.

Our underground team has also learnt that despite extortion and absenteeism, some staff have left the facility for juicy jobs including the health Centre In-charge and other non-medical staff.

Joan Alobo the Soroti City Woman MP while also on a visit to the facility on Friday was also shocked to find out that most staff who were expected to be on duty were not present.

She also learnt during her independent visit that most staff are earning salaries without reporting for work while others are extorting cash from clients (patients).

She has promised to conduct parallel Investigations into the mess at the health facility.

Benesa Edwin the Deputy Residents City Commissioner for Soroti City East Division has called on the staff at Princess Diana to stop extorting money from clients or face the wrath of the law.

He called on Dr. Anyonga to act against the errant staff so as to bring sanity to the facility.

“Our People deserve to get quality services,” He said.

Dr. Alfred Anyonga the Clinical Officer at Princess Diana and the current in-charge of the facility acknowledged most of the labelled allegations against the medical staff as true and promised to handle them with utmost care.

He also asked the affected clients to report such medical staff to his office for immediate interventions.

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