Health workers at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital have been accused of soliciting bribes from patients.
Several patients who have visited the facility say that they have been forced to pay unreceipted money whenever they seek services from the facility.
Those who have fallen victim include patients seeking imaging services, like radiography and ultra sound, patients on drip and those awaiting operation for various health conditions. They are charged between 50,000 and 200,000 Shillings each.
Sheik Kassim Kamugisha, a resident of Bugongi, Northern Division, Kabale Municipality says he was charged 50, 000 Shillings before medics could attend to her sister who later passed on before receiving any treatment. Kamugisha is calling for government intervention to end the vice.
Joshua Kajungu, another resident from Nyakambu in Kabale Municipality says that he abandoned the Hospital for another facility after he was asked for a bribe by one of the health workers.
Ponsiano Besigye, a patient from Muko Sub County, Rubanda District says the practice has been going on for so long adding that all patients who frequent the Hospital are aware that no medical personnel offers free services. He adds that residents have since lost hope and resorted to private clinics.
Kabale District Chairperson Patrick Besigye Keihwa says his leadership has information pinning health workers at the facility for extortion. Keihwa adds that they have already held a meeting with hospital’s top leadership to work out strategies of ending the practice.
Kabale Regional Referral Hospital Senior Administrator David Tibemanya says the reports are being investigated. He advises patients to always report medics who solicit for bribes to the relevant authorities adding that no one is supposed to pay for any treatment unless it is in the private wing.
This is not the first time health workers at the facility are accused of soliciting bribes. In September 2012, Health workers at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital were also accused of soliciting bribes from patients.
– Uganda Radio Network