Quack doctors are on the loose at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital putting the lives of hundreds of patients at risk. The quacks prescribe and administer treatment to patients. John Habyambere, a resident of Isingiro district is a victim of the quack doctors at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. Habyambere explains that he was approached by last week by unidentified man claiming to be a consultant demanding for 50.000 shillings so that he can prescribe medicine for his stomach complication.
He claims that after handing over the money to the quack, he prescribed for him fake medication and vanished without a trace. Habyambere says that he only realized later that he had been conned by the quack but it was too late to report to the authorities for any action to be taken. Annet Kategerezo, a resident of Bushenyi recalls how she nearly lost her child at the hands of the quack doctors at MbararaRegional Referral Hospital. She explains that her son was admitted with hernia at the hospital. She however says that, after days later a quack doctor approached her and attempted to sell her medication, which he claimed to permanently cure the condition of her son.
Kategerezo says that her child was saved from taking the fake drugs after failed to raise the 100.000 shillings that the unidentified quack doctors was demanding for. She says the presence of quack doctors is a big risk to the lives of patients as they could easily administer the wrong medication. George Upenthyo, thedirector Mbarara Regional Referral Hospitaladmits the presence of quack doctors at the hospital. He claims that the quack doctors solicit bribes and administer fake treatment to patients. Upenthyo says that quack doctors have even become popular to the patients and their attendants, which gives the hospital a bad image. He however, says that several interventions have been put in place to trap the quack doctors.
He says they have issued uniforms to all medical workers and name tags to make them easily identifiable. Upenthyo says that they have also displayed the telephone contacts of senior police officers in the district to help patients and their attendants to report in case anybody approaches them for money. In May 2013, police arrested Sam Bagire, a primary five drop out for masquerading as a medical doctor at Mbarara regional referral hospital. He was accused of obtaining money from patients allegedly to provide them with specialized treatment.