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Three Health Workers in Kamuli Interdicted over Alleged Extortion

The three were interdicted after soliciting a bribe of 600,000 Shillings from a cervical cancer patient whose names have been withheld before agreeing to carry out surgery.
Three health workers at Kamuli general hospital have been interdicted over allegations of extortion.

They are Sarah Namugose, a senior nursing officer, Dr Paul Batambuze, the in-charge of the male ward, and Livingstone Daki, a gynaecologist. 

The three were interdicted after soliciting a bribe of 600,000 Shillings from a cervical cancer patient whose names have been withheld before agreeing to carry out surgery.

"The complaints against these three had gone beyond, but they went overboard after refusing to operate a 38-year-old cervical cancer patient who had paid them 600,000 Shillings, yet such surgeries are free of charge at this health facility. The woman didn't have that money but we offered it and the culprits were caught red-handed receiving it from her," he says. 

Kamuli district health officer, Aggrey Batesaki says that complaints of extortion against the interdicted health workers have been rampant, forcing the district medical disciplinary board led by the chief administrative officer to interdict them. 

He adds that "doctors are found of soliciting funds for C-section and other surgeries through interns and nurses, but following this disciplinary measure taken against some of their superiors, we are optimistic that the situation will change,". 

The Kamuli LCV Chairperson, Thomas Kategere who is also a member of the district medical disciplinary board, says that investigations indicate that, some of the doctors at facility task patients with non-communicable diseases like diabetes to pay consultation fees before attending to them. 

The interdicted health workers have been directed to depart from their working stations with effect from Friday so as to pave way for further investigations.

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