Gilbert Mateeka, Rugarama Hospital Medical Superintendent says that he was last week intercepted by security officers who were on patrol in Kabale town while on his way driving to attend to a Covid-19 patient who is under Home Care Management.
Health workers in Kabale and Rubanda
districts are accusing security personnel of harassment.
The workers say that security personnel
enforcing the Covid-19 guidelines detain them and impound their motor vehicles
and motorcycles despite being essential workers and having proper
Lydia Kyomugisha, a senior nursing
officer at Muko Health Centre IV in Rubanda West County, Rubanda district says
that she is tired of being lashed by the police and Uganda Peoples Defense
Forces-UPDF soldiers while she is heading to and from work.
According to Kyomugisha, since there are inadequate staff houses at the
facility, most health workers live ten kilometres away from the facility.
Gilbert Mateeka, the Rugarama Hospital Medical Superintendent says that he was
last week intercepted by security personnel in Kabale town while on his way to
attend to a Covid-19 patient who is under Home Care Management. Mateeka says
that despite presenting his work identity card and explaining where he was
heading to, the security personnel kept a deaf ear arrested him and impounded
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Dr Sophie Namasoppo, the Director of
Kabale Regional Referral Hospital says that last week, the hospital generator
developed a mechanical problem but the engineer who stays about 20, kilometres
away in Maziba sub-county, refused to go to the facility repair it for fear of
being beaten by security personnel.
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Alfred Besigensi, Kabale District
Health Officer says that his office has received complaints of health workers
being beaten by security officers who are enforcing Covid-19 guidelines.
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Darius Nandinda, Kabale Resident District Commissioner and
Kennedy Ssebagala, acting Kabale District Police Commander defended the actions
of the security personnel. They argue that some health workers don’t move with
work identifications for easy recognition.
They also claim that some health
workers give their vehicles to family members who misuse the travel permits.
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Elly Maate, Police spokesperson for
the Kigezi region says that the complaints will be investigated. He
however advises health workers to move with their work identity cards for easy
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