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Health Centre In-Charges in Kabale on Spot over Absenteeism

The in-charges are being accused of being absent from work which compromises effective health service delivery.
Part of Kamukira health centre IV in Kabale Municipality

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Four health centre IV in-charges and two store assistants are on spot over alleged absenteeism and failure to account for government supplies.  

The in-charges are Janet Twesigwome of Kamuganguzi HCIII in Kamuganguzi sub-county, Maureen Kirungi of Buhara HCIII in Buhara sub-county, Innocent Agaba attached to Kaharo HCIII in Kaharo sub-county and Ronald Ngabirano Bwama Island health center III in Kitumba sub-county. 

They are being accused of being absent from work which compromises effective health service delivery.

Dr. Brian Arineitwe, the Assistant Director of the State House Monitoring Unit says that the accused health workers are currently under investigation by the unit following a tip-off from concerned whistleblowers.  It is alleged that the team worked for 17 to 19 days in the last two months instead of 22 days in a month.

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 Alfred Besigensi, acting Kabale District Health Officer says that the accused health workers have been warned several times to stop the vice in vain. He says that the absence of the in-charges from work was an opportunity for the junior health workers not to show up for work.

Besigensi however attributes the problem to the lack of accommodation for workers at many of the health facilities.

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But, Twesigwomwe and Agaba argue that they failed to show up on duty due to too many duties that were assigned to them during Covid-19 and Polio vaccination campaigns. 

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Meanwhile, store assistants, Medard Monday attached to Rubaya Health center IV in Rubaya sub-county and Moses Agaba attached to Kamukiira Health IV in Southern Division, Kabale Municipality is being investigated for allegedly failing to account for drugs the health centres received from Nationals Drug Authority-NDA for the last two months.   

 According to Arineitwe, when the State House monitoring unit officials reached Rubaya health centre IV last week, Monday fled when he was asked to present an account for drugs the facility received in the last two months.

He also says that while Agaba did not run away, he also failed to provide records about drugs that the facility received, an issue that raised a suspicion that they are sold to private health facilities.    

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  Edmond Ntimba, Kabale District Chief Administrative Officer says that Monday was later early this week arrested by police but later released on police bond. He says that his office is in process of interdicting him as investigations into the matter continue.

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