Crime & Investigation

Kabale: Medics Detained For Absenteeism


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“These doctors had to apply for study leaves but they did not, so yesterday they were apprehended,” Elly Mate the Police Spokesperson Kigezi Region said.

He adds that some of the doctors were found attending to their patients in their private clinics yet they were still getting government salary while not at work.

Last month, the spokesperson of Medicines and Health Services Delivery Monitoring Unit, Judith Busingye Kayonga, warned doctors who absent themselves from work that they would be dealt with.

Doctor Joshua Maro, had taken a year not working at Kiryandongo hospital in Masindi district where he was assigned.

Godfrey Bambabwire, 30 years, a nursing officer attached to Bufundi health centre 111 in Bufundi sub county Kabale district left his work place and is studying at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Margret Neema, 25 years, an enrolled nurse at Ikumba health centre III in Ikumba sub county is currently studying at
Kabale university.

Darius Orikiriza also an enrolled nurse at Nyakashebeya health centre II in Kashambya sub county is said to be working at Rugarama hospital, a private hospital that is owned by the diocese of Kigezi.

Dr. Patrick Tusiime, the Kabale district Director of Health Services, says that many health workers in the district have abandoned their places of work but they keep on receiving government salaries when they were not working.

He added that he is embarking on a crackdown of all those health workers who abandon their work places but still receive government salaries.

The number this year comes to four doctors assigned to work in places but not attending yet continue to pick salaries.


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