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Kibuku District Health Workers Harassing Patients-Survey

The report implicates midwives at Tirinyi Health Center III for perpetually abusing expectant mothers whenever they visit the facility for antenatal care services. It also implicates the Dentist at Kibuku Health IV for soliciting money from patients before offering them services. S

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Health workers in Kibuku district have been implicated for harassing patients turning up at health centers for medical services, according to survey by civil societies.  

The survey was conducted by five Civil Society Organisations including Action aid, Civil Society Budget Advocacy Groups-CSBAG, Kadama Widows Association-KWA and Forum for Women in Democracy-FOWODE.     

Findings of the survey titled “The state of health services in Kibuku district,” released on Monday at the district headquarters show that Health workers are too rude and harsh to their patients, which affects health service delivery. 

The report notes that this has deprived patients their rights to medical care as some of them have resorted to clinics and traditional birth attendants as opposed to government health facilities.

The report implicates midwives at Tirinyi Health Center III for perpetually abusing expectant mothers whenever they visit the facility for antenatal care services. 

It also implicates the Dentist at Kibuku Health IV for soliciting money from patients before offering them services. Shiba Namulindwa, the Programs Officer at Action Aid, says the report was composed based on the community scorecard on how health service delivery in the district can be improved.  

The Kibuku District Health Officer, Dr. Godfrey Buyinza confirmed receiving reports about the rudeness of medical officers in the district. 

He said the hospital management and district have on several occasions warned the implicated midwives and dentist against their unprofessional conduct but they are adamant. 

According to Dr. Buyinza, two medical officers at Tirinyi Health Center III have already been submitted to the District Service Commission for dismissal.      

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Elizabeth Adong, the Kibuku Deputy Chief Administrative Officer blamed leaders in Kibuku for fronting their relatives for employment opportunities during recruitment process. 

‘’The problem is in house let us clean our house before blaming others, you fronted your relatives to the district service commission for jobs and now it has become too difficult for you to manage your relatives some of even fear to write warning letters to your relatives because you fear to be blamed,” she said. 

 

Charles Gera Tazenya, the Kibuku District Vice chairperson said there are gaps in the health sector within the district.  He applauded the CSOs for identifying the gaps, saying they need urgent solutions. He appealed to health workers to change their attitude towards their clients.