Uganda medics working in government health services sell drugs and ask for bribes from patients
It has been revealed that an investigation by a team from the State House Medical and Health Services Delivery Monitoring Unit discovered that some health workers in government health facilities ask for bribes from patients in exchange for government drugs and services. According to Dr Diana Atwine Kanzira, the director of the Unit, several people have complained to her about many health workers in government health facilities who always ask for money from patients in exchange for services including drugs, services and medicines.
Patients narrated how they are forced to pay or services –something they say has been a practice at the health centers for years. Dr Atwine also said Mama Kits, meant for expectant mothers, are sold to them by some health workers who at times unpack the kits and sell the contents separately to patients. Furthermore government drugs from government Health Centers are sold in neighboring countries. Theft of government drugs has become a rampant vice. Last month, authorities in suspended four medical officers in connection with theft of government drugs. In addition last year, the State House Health Monitoring Unit revealed that many government medicines, especially those stolen from health centers are being sold in Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Kenya.
Uganda Hospitals sell blood to patients
The Uganda media has reported this month, February 2016 that, the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services has asked the general public to report any hospitals which are selling blood for transfusion to patients. The director Uganda Blood Transfusion Services said hospitals have developed a tendency whereby they create an artificial shortage of blood by hoarding blood meant for treating with patients who need them. Those unscrupulous health workers pretend that there is no blood in the hospitals but claim that they can obtain it from their known sources if the patients can first secretly pay them an unspecified amount of money before they can give the blood to the patients. There are usually fatal consequences for patients who fail to be given the recommended blood and so the target patients have to try by find the money by all means and give to the health provider in charge of the blood transfusion unit at the hospitals. Moreover the selling blood for transfusion by hospital staff is an illegal trade because the human blood is always got free from donors and delivered free-of-charge to hospitals in the country by the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services.
The John Bosco Odongo Health Foundation aims to fight corruption in the health services by being a good role model and by campaigning against the mistreatment of patients and their supporters and the mismanagement of health services resources. The foundation will show to the rest of the health services in the country how important it is to treat patients with respect, dignity and sensitivity and to observe everyone’s human rights and the right to access health services and to be treated ethically and humanely. These are some of the reasons why The John Bosco Odongo Health Foundation plans to construct the model community health center in the remote part of Northern Uganda.