Sarah Atuhaire from Kitagata Sub County in Sheema district also told URN that a lab attendant from Mbarara regional referral Hospital James Kamya demanded 50.000 shillings from her in order to conduct a series of tests on her sick child.
Members of Parliament have for the last five years called for lifting of a ban on recruitment of more health workers and increase pay for medical workers as a solution to the current crisis in the sector.
Five quack medical workers have been arrested in Ssembabule district in an operation conducted by Ssembabule district health officials and police. The group was arrested in an operation conducted to crack down on quacks, those unlicensed and those operating in dirty places by Allied Health Professional Council officials.
3500 residents of Nyamisimbo parish in Masaha Sub County, Isingiro district, have started building their own health unit after getting tired of waiting for government to extend health services to the area. Deus Iraka, the chairperson construction committee, says each family contributed 15,000 shillings towards the construction of a two roomed health unit.
During the night, patients are expected to provide their own lighting if they can afford to buy kerosene for the lamps. In most cases, the MPs were informed by Dr. Okoth Obbo, the district health officer, that doctors work by phone torch light.