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Patients Accuse Health Workers of Extortion

Daphine Mbabazi, a resident of Kiryanga in Kitagwenda town council, who had gone to deliver from the facility, says she was asked for money to buy some drugs or she gets referred to Ibanda hospital which is several miles away.

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Patients at Ntara Health Centre IV in Kitagwenda district are accusing health workers of extortion.

According to records, Ntara Health Centre IV receives drugs worth 11 million shillings every two months, and is allocated 8 million shillings per quarter to help it run the day-to-day activities. 

However, patients are saying they are being made to pay for things like operations, drugs, and fuel for the generator. 

Daphine Mbabazi, a resident of Kiryanga in Kitagwenda town council, who had gone to deliver from the facility, says she was asked for money to buy some drugs or she gets referred to Ibanda hospital which is several miles away. 

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Vastine Kobugabe from Nganiko village in Nyabbani sub county, says she was charged 70,000 shillings for ceaserian section and later referred to clinics to buy medicine which she says was costly. 

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Dr Christine Karungi, the district health officer Kitagwenda, says she has received similar complaints from patients and vowed to investigate them. 

The Chief Administrative Officer Kitagwenda, Eliab Ntarwete, wonders why the health workers have continued to behave unprofessionally yet the health centre is well stocked, threatening to take a punitive action against them. 

He also reveals that the district technical team recently budgeted for the generator's fuel and the money was released, though he could not tell how much. 

Also, a source at the health centre told our reporter that its In-charge, Dr Fredrick Omia, at times tells health workers to solicit money from patients before they receive services and orders that whoever fails to pay should be referred to Ibanda hospital in Ibanda district.

When contacted for a comment about the allegations, Dr Omia said he can’t talk to the press.

Abbas Agaba Mugisha, the area MP, during an impromptu visit to the health centre recently, said he is going to foward the complaints to the Ministry of Health for an appropriate action.