February 27, 2014

Kabale Hospital Nurse On Spot Over Extortion

Sister Legina Eva Namukwaya alias tinted, the in charge of the maternity ward at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital has been implicated by expectant mothers for running an extortion ring.

Pregnant women in Kabale Regional Referral Hospital compound.
Pregnant women in Kabale Regional Referral Hospital compound.

The expectant mothers and their attendants claim that they are charged between 30,000 and 50,000 shilling before they attended too.

In addition to extortion, the expectant mothers accuse Namukwaya of harassment. Our reporter spoke to several mothers such as Kehoda Kyoreta, Beatrice Tukahirwa, Pamela Tumwekwase and Peace Kyomuhendo on their experience at the hospital.

Pamela Tumwekwase delivered at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital in December last year. Tumwekwase claims that Namukwaya kicked her out of the ward forcing to spend an hour in the cold after she reportedly failed to pay 50,000 shilling for a bed.

Julius Barusya, the chairperson Kabale District Health committee says the complaints about Namukwaya have persisted since August 2013.

The death of two expectant mothers at the hospital on 20th of February 2014 is blamed on the negligence by the health workers in the Maternity.

Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale LC V chairperson says the district leadership is tired of the mess at the facility. He says the maternity ward is no longer safe for the expectant mothers and that it is high time action is taken.

On Monday, Kabale district council passed a resolution demanding for a report of on all the mothers who have died in the hospital over the last year detailing the reasons for their death.

Sr. Legina Namukwaya, the in charge of the maternity ward says the two mothers died when she was away.  She declined to comment on the allegations against her by the expectant mothers and instead referred URN to the hospital management.

Dr Placid Mehayo, the director Kabale Regional referral Hospital Director said it was unfortunate that the victims do not report their complaints to his office.

He however, promised to initiate investigations and take necessary action. Mehayo attributed the death of two expectant mothers at the hospital on February 20thon the failure by the medical workers to refer them to theater in time.

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